By: Hau Hsueh-ching and Christie Chen
Taipei, May 30 (CNA) Rockslides that caused the Suhua Highway in the east to close
down since Sunday have created massive traffic jams on other highways connecting the east coast of Taiwan, as travelers sought out other routes to return home before the end of the four-day Dragon Boat holiday.
Many people traveled to Hualien, a popular tourist spot, for the four-day holiday weekend, but found themselves stranded in the county after continuous rockslides since Sunday blocked the only road connecting the eastern counties of Hualien and Taitung with northern Taiwan.
Beginning Monday afternoon, travelers hoping to return to the north were forced to detour from the south or cut across the central mountain range, causing massive traffic jams on the south-link highway and the central cross-island highway.