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Alishan area reopens as torrential rainfall abates

TAIPEI--The decreasing rainfall has led to the reopening of the highway in Alishan and the popular Alishan National Forest Recreation Area in Chiayi County, southern Taiwan yesterday.

After being shut for five days as a preventive measure to avoid possible disasters triggered by heavy downpours, the highway section between the 66-88 km mark was reopened at 8 a.m. by the Directorate General of Highways and the recreation Area at 10 a.m., said the Forestry Bureau of Chiayi Forest District Office.

The torrential rain did not cause any severe damage to the disaster-prone recreation area, the bureau said.

However, the Shenmu line — one of the three Alishan forest railway branch lines — will remain temporarily closed and services will only resume after the line passes a safety inspection, the bureau added.

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