Actions needed on radar station under rockslide threat: MOTC
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) yesterday called on either the military or forest authorities to act on the continual rockslide threats on a radar station in Eastern Taiwan.
January 22, 2013, 12:04 am TWN
Part of the enclosing wall at the Air Force Radar Base in Dong Ao, Yilan, near the 115.8 km mark of the Suao-Hualien Highway has already given way to landslides, said Fu Li-hsiang (傅立祥), an official from the MOTC's Directorate General of Highways.
The Directorate is constantly monitoring the conditions of the landslide-prone slope beneath the radar station but a quick response is needed from either the Forest Bureau or the Armed Forces to secure the base's safety, Fu said.
The section of Suao-Hualien Highway near the radar station has seen several collapses since the area was hammered by Typhoon Megi on October, 2010.
The MOTC's comment came after a local newspaper reported yesterday that the radar station “could crumble at any moment” under heavy rain. According to the newspaper, Air Force officials had stressed that the restoration of the base is already under way and will be going on for three years. The Forest Bureau, on the other hand, pointed out that it had handed over the land in the perimeter of the radar station to the military, the newspaper reported.