Landslide knocks north Taiwan railway line out for 4 days: Minister

Bus companies and airlines to add extra services

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/12/04
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Crowds at Luodong bus station in Yilan County looking for alternative transportation  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Rocks fallen on the railway line between Taipei City and the east coast might take four days to be removed, Transportation Minister Lin Chia-long (林佳龍) said Friday (Dec. 4).

Days of heavy rain are believed to have caused the landslide, which came only one day after the fallout from a previous one was cleared. The latest rockslide occurred between Ruifang and Houtong in New Taipei City, CNA reported.

The area houses several popular tourist attractions, including a gold mine museum, the cat-friendly village of Houtong, the mountain town of Jiufen, rivers and hiking trails. The railway line also connects Taipei City with the northeastern coastal county of Yilan and the east coast beyond.

Nobody was injured during the landslide, but as damage occurred over an area of 3,800 square meters, it will take three days to remove all the rocks and mud, with one additional day necessary to repair tracks and cables, the minister wrote on his Facebook page.    [FULL  STORY]

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