Section of Suhua Highway closed due to rockslides

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Photo courtesy of the Directorate General of Highways

Photo courtesy of the Directorate General of Highways

Taipei, Dec. 3 (CNA) A section of the Suhua Highway, which links Yilan County and Hualien County in eastern Taiwan, will be closed until at least Monday morning as a result of multiple rockslides that began early Sunday, according to an announcement by the Directorate General of Highways (DGH).

Continuous rainfall for several days caused rocks to fall near the 114.3-kilometer mark of the highway at about 5 a.m. Sunday. The section between Su'ao (蘇澳) and Dong'ao (東澳) was subsequently closed, according to a DGH press release.

The section was later reopened at 3 p.m. following efforts to clear the road. However, further rockslides were reported again at around 5:30 p.m. prompting the closure of the section again, it noted.

It is scheduled to reopen at 7 a.m. Monday, according to the DGH.

(By Wang Chao-yu and Joseph Yeh)
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