Traffic getting back to normal after Tropical Storm Hato

Taipei-Land and sea traffic in southern Taiwan is gradually getting back to normal as Tropical Storm Hato has moved away from the country, authorities said Tuesday.

The south-link railway line connecting Kaohsiung with Pingtung and Taitung counties resumed service as of 10:20 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA).

The Alishan Forest Railway Main Line will be suspended Tuesday and Wednesday, but service on the Zhushan, Zhaoping and Shenmu branch lines could be restored depending on weather conditions, the TRA said.

High-speed rail services were operating normally on Tuesday, Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp. said.

As for the Southern Cross-Island Highway, the section between Xiangyang and Wulu will remain closed until 5 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Directorate General of Highways.

In Pingtung County, long-distance bus services and ferry services between the county's Donggang Township and the offshore island of Xiaoliuqiu remained suspended Tuesday, the county government said.

Meanwhile, ferry services connecting Taitung County with Green Island had resumed as of 3 p.m., and those to Orchid Island will resume Wednesday, the Taitung County government said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel