Torrential rain damages runway at Taiwan’s main airport

Railway lines and mountain roads hit by landslides

Taiwan News
Date; 2017/06/17
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Torrential rain played havoc with traffic around the country Saturday, closing

Fallen trees interrupted traffic on the Neiwan branch line. (By Central News Agency)

down one runway at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport for hours and interrupting roads and rail tracks in other regions.

Landslide alerts were out for many mountainous regions, with the plum rain not expected to leave until Wednesday.

Taiwan’s main international airport shut down its southern runway for more than five hours during the afternoon while repair work was executed. Around 2 p.m., two damaged areas were found about 100 cm by 80 cm and 60 cm by 40 cm in size, officials said.

The airport sent a team to fix the problem, a task which was completed around 6 p.m. The situation was deemed safe enough to reopen the runway for use at 7:30 pm., but takeoffs and landings had continued normally on the other runway, so traffic was not really disrupted, officials said.

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