Search for Missing District Rep Enters Third Day 區代表勘災落水第3天 搜索範圍再擴大

The search for Taoyuan District representative Hsieh Yi-chen has entered its third day, with the search area being expanded from the place where she fell into the water to Xinwei Bridge. Hsieh's son brought her clothes to the site to perform a traditional "recalling" ceremony, hoping to bring any progress to the rescue missions that have been hampered by continuous heavy rain. 


Hsieh Yi-chen's son brings her clothes to the site where she fell into the water to perform a traditional "recalling" ceremony. The search for Hsieh, a Taoyuan District representative, is now on its third day. Officials decided to expand the search area on Aug. 13 from the place where she fell into the water to Xinwei Bridge.

Kao Ming-chu, Kaohsiung City Fire Bureau Sixth District Emergency and Rescue Corps:” We're expanding our search to the area between Liugui Bridge and Xinwei Bridge. The weather in this area is very unstable, so we have asked the military for aerial support.”

Search efforts are being hampered by further landslides on Aug. 12 with muddied river waters and rapid river flow. The military sent National Airborne Service Corps helicopters out to Mingbakelu Bridge on Aug. 13 to join the search as rescue workers combed the banks of Laonong River.

Voice of Lu Hsiu-hsien, Deputy Chief, Jiasian Construction Section, DGH:” We've already completed 600 meters, including 100 meters yesterday that got reburied under landslide rubble. We sent trucks over this morning to remove debris.” 

The Directorate General of Highways says repair work on Mingbakelu Bridge can only be done when it's not raining and it will also raise soil slopes on the sides of the access road to prevent further damage.

 

 


桃源區代表謝宜真兒子:「我們現在能做的就是在這邊等消息啊,看看有什麼有什麼最新進度,就這樣子而已。」

謝宜真的兒子帶著她的衣服進到管制站,要去落水點以傳統儀式呼喚她,高雄桃源區代表謝宜真落水已經第3天,依舊下落不明,讓家屬心急如焚,搜救人員13號決定擴大搜索範圍,從落水點一路找到新威大橋。

高市消第六救災救護大隊第三中隊副中隊長高銘竹:「增加從六龜大橋到新威大橋這邊附近,因為山區氣候它很不穩定,所以說我們就再重新請國軍,還有空中直升機來支援我們。」

因為12號下午下大雨,土石再度坍塌,造成水濁度升高、且溪流又更加湍急,加大了搜救難度,但為把握黃金72小時搜尋時間,國軍一早也派人前來支援,空勤總隊的直升機在明霸克露橋上空持續勘查,搜救人員則沿著荖濃溪沿岸不斷尋找,不放棄一點希望。

公路總局甲仙工務段副段長呂修賢:「已經有完成六百公尺,昨天完成的範圍又有一百公尺又被土石流給掩蓋掉,我們早上也趕快再加派這個卡車來清運這些泥流。」

天氣不穩不止加大搜救難度,連明霸克露橋便道的搶通也受到影響,公路總局表示,目前只能趁沒下雨時加緊趕工,另外也會把便道旁的土坡加高,以免大雨再次影響搶通進度。

 

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