Limited traffic disruptions Saturday from tropical depression

Taipei, A tropical depression that had battered central and southern Taiwan over the past few days caused limited traffic disruptions on Saturday, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications said.

As of noon, only one highway section remained blocked, on the 261st kilometer mark of Provincial Highway No. 17, according to the ministry.

That road section in Pingtung County was flooded during the recent rainfall and was expected to be fixed by 6 p.m. Saturday, the ministry said.

A total of 14 ferry services on seven routes were suspended, including those between Taiwan and its outlying islands Matsu, Penghu and Orchid, as well as between outlying islands and Fujian Province in southeastern China.

Air traffic was generally normal, except for two delays of local flights, the ministry said, adding that all train services and high speed rail services were operating as usual.

The tropical depression was moving toward southeastern China and was expected to make landfall in Fujian Province around noon Saturday, but its outer rim might continue to bring stormy weather to central and southern Taiwan, according to the Central Weather Bureau.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel