Section of Suhua Highway closed again

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Photo courtesy of Directorate General of Highways

Photo courtesy of Directorate General of Highways

Taipei, Dec. 4 (CNA) A section of the Suhua Highway linking Yilan and Hualien counties in eastern Taiwan was closed at 6 p.m. Monday, less than 12 hours after it was opened to traffic following the cleanup of fallen rocks caused by days of rain.

The Directorate General of Highways (DGH) said in a statement that continuous rainfall over several days caused a rockslide near the 114.3-kilometer mark of the highway at about 5 a.m. Sunday, forcing it to close the section between Su'ao (蘇澳) and Dong'ao (東澳).

The section was reopened at 3 p.m. Sunday following efforts to clear the road. Further rockslides were reported at around 5:30 p.m., however, prompting that section of the road to be closed to traffic again.

It was reopened to one-way traffic Monday morning, but additional rockfalls led to long lines of cars in both directions, making it difficult for workers to clear the road, according to the DGH.

It decided to close the section at 6 p.m. Monday to facilitate the cleanup.

(By Wang Chao-yu and S.C. Chang)

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