Home World News Nine people are killed in Taiwan, and the focus is on Hualien. Air and sea flights have been increased, and a rush has been made to open both railway lines.

Nine people are killed in Taiwan, and the focus is on Hualien. Air and sea flights have been increased, and a rush has been made to open both railway lines.

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Nine people are killed in Taiwan, and the focus is on Hualien.  Air and sea flights have been increased, and a rush has been made to open both railway lines.

The second largest earthquake in Taiwan in the last 25 years occurred on the 3rd.EarthquakeDue to which 9 deaths and 1,011 have been injured so far in Taiwan. Excluding the victims concentrated in Hualien, the worst-hit area, 143 people are still trapped in the area and in need of help. Hualien County government said festive rush to relieve Qingming, todayTaiwan RailwaysBoth lines are expected to be restored to traffic, and shipping and aviation will open additional flights. As 337 homes in Xiulin Township are still without electricity, telecommunications are still out of service in some areas, and the detailed number of missing people has yet to be clarified.

Regarding the number of casualties and casualties reported in Hualien County alone, as of about 1:38 am today, a total of 183 were injured, 3 of whom were in the emergency room for observation, and 26 of whom were hospitalized, One of which was. Under observation in the intensive care unit. There were 9 deaths within the area. According to data from the Social Affairs Bureau of the evacuation and housing units, there were 569 people in Hualien City, Xian Township and Xiulin Township. According to data from the Civil Affairs Bureau of the evacuation and accommodation units, there were 425 people in Hualien City and Xian Township.

As for roads, the Highway Bureau continues to repair Provincial Highway 178K (Buluowan section), Provincial Route 9 143K+100 (Pingxi River Bridge) to 158K+600 (Xiaqingshui Bridge section); Repair work continues as far as County Road 193 from K 23.5 to K 32. At present it has been closed under warning and the county government has asked the manufacturers to start it as soon as possible.

As for the railways, Taiwan Railways Corporation is carrying out emergency repairs on both lines, and the entire line is expected to operate normally today. In addition, due to the blockage of Provincial Highway 9, Taiwan Railways will operate 10 additional regional express trains from Yilan to Hualien. For Chongde Station, due to damage to the first and second platforms, in order to maintain passenger safety, it will be temporarily suspended until the structural assessment is completed and no passenger traffic will be processed.

Regarding sea and air transportation, the Hualien County Government said it has coordinated with operators to increase flights and increase transportation capacity. Therefore, except for disrupted highways, railways, sea, air and transport capacity will all be restored to smooth flow.

Apart from Hualien City, Xiulin Township is also the most affected area where mountain slide and road collapse occurred yesterday. So far, 337 homes are without power, and some telecommunications equipment is out of service. Among them, power has been lost due to the road from Provincial Line 8 from Taroko Archway to Shenmu District collapsing making it inaccessible and 309 homes, including Jingying Hotel, are without power. The Daqingshui Tunnel on provincial Line 9 was lost and inaccessible, and 28 homes were without power, all of which were used for base stations, tunnel ventilation and lighting.

The Hualien County government said that due to the broken terrain in the area, as tremors continued and rocks continued to fall, it would remain in close contact with the Highway Bureau, and emergency repairs could only be carried out once the road was cleared of rocks and slopes. Be still. ,

According to information received from Taroko National Park, after 12 people stranded on Baiyang Trail were rescued, 7 people stayed in Tianxiang Taroko Jingying Hotel and 5 were kept in Tianxiang Activity Center; Of the 14 people stranded on the Shakadang Trail, 12 had walked outside the trailhead, and the other 2CanadaCivilians and firefighters led the rescue. Three of the seven tourists who went to Dekaron Trail yesterday were hit by a rock fall and unfortunately died. The remaining four were kept in the visitor centre.

Regarding tourist accommodation in Taroko National Park, it is reported that Jingying Hotel, Tianxiang Activity Center and Shanyu Village have more than 600 residents and staff. In the morning, 50 employees of Jingying Hotel took the bus to work. 47 people were trapped in Jiuku Cave due to the sudden earthquake. Three of them came back to the hotel on their own in the evening and said that they were safe.

A house on Beibin Street in Hualien City tilted due to the earthquake and collapsed overnight. (Reporter Lin Haoyi/Photography)


The Su-Hua Highway section was severely damaged by the Hualien earthquake.  Heading south on the section, the only access point is the Heping Tunnel.  Once you exit the tunnel, the road surface becomes completely rough...
The Su-Hua Highway section was severely damaged by the Hualien earthquake. The only access to the Heping Tunnel is by driving on the southbound section. After exiting the tunnel entrance, the road surface completely collapsed and became impassable due to falling rocks. (Reporter du Jianzhong/Photography)

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