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Trains suspended due to floods in the north

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Train services between Badu Station (八堵) and Sijiaoting Station (四腳亭), as well as Ruifang Station (瑞芳) and Houtong Station (侯硐) were suspended for over an hour yesterday due to torrential rainfall and floods in Northern Taiwan, the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) said yesterday.

Torrential rain around several districts in New Taipei City and Keelung City (基隆) caused traffic chaos yesterday, the TRA said, noting that it discovered a section of the railway bed between Badu Station and Sijiaoting Station was damaged by heavy rainfall.

The TRA went on to say that the rain flushed away the base of the railway road about 10-meters deep that it was impossible for the train services to continue at that time. The administration immediately called off the train operations and formed an emergency response team to repair the damage.

The TRA added that the train service from Sijiaoting to Badu resumed operations at 5:32 p.m. yesterday, adding that the TRA crews are still working on restoring the other direction of the train service.

The train services between Ruifang and Houtong were halted around 4:41 p.m. due to floods that caused by heavy rainfall, the TRA said, adding that the services of both directions resumed operations around 6 p.m. after the flood water receded.

Floods in New Taipei

Apart from causing temporary problems to the train services, torrential rain yesterday afternoon caused landslides at several sections along Beiyi Freeway (北宜公路) — the national freeway between Taipei City and Yilan County. The sections were closed temporarily yesterday.

A total of seven residents of Shiding District (石碇) and Pinglin District (坪林) of New Taipei City were evacuated by police due to the floods, New Taipei police said.

Heavy Rain Expected: CWB

The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) issued warning at around 6 p.m. yesterday for torrential rain in areas of Keelung City and New Taipei City. The bureau said as of 6 p.m. yesterday, Shuanxi District of New Taipei had accumulated rainfall of 188 millimeters, and Shiding, Pingshi and Ruifang also had over 130 millimeters of rainfall.

The CWB said under the influence of southwestern winds and lingering frontal rain, apart from Western Taiwan, heavy rain or thunderstorms are expected for the rest of the nation this afternoon.

The bureau reminded the public to be aware of sudden heavy rain, thunderstorms and strong winds, noting that people should also pay extra attention while driving in mountainous areas.

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