Home World News The Hualien earthquake caused serious damage to the Suhua Highway. Fu Kunqi: The repair period may exceed 2 months.

The Hualien earthquake caused serious damage to the Suhua Highway. Fu Kunqi: The repair period may exceed 2 months.

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The Hualien earthquake caused serious damage to the Suhua Highway.  Fu Kunqi: The repair period may exceed 2 months.

There was a strong earthquake in Hualien,KuomintangLegislator Fu Kunqi said after visiting the disaster survey today that the Suhua Highway has been seriously damaged, with several large-scale landslides, and it may be difficult to open in 2 to 3 months. Additionally, more than 600 people are trapped in Taroko National Park, and we will continue to help them escape.

Today, Fu Kunqi andMinistry of InteriorChang Lin Yuchang took an air service helicopter to Hualien to simultaneously investigate the disaster. Fu Kunqi said in a joint interview with the media that the strong earthquake in Hualien killed 9 people, including a woman surnamed Kang who was trapped in the Uranus Building. Tomorrow, arrangements will be made for family members to go to Hualien, and the county government will accompany the family members to complete the process. Follow-up cases.

Fu Kunqi also said that it was very regrettable that there were many victims in Taroko National Park and Suhua Highway. More than 600 people are currently stranded in Taroko National Park, and units such as the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Transport and special search teams are working continuously to help people escape.

As for the situation on Suhua Highway, Fu Kunqi said that after conducting a disaster survey on Suhua Highway, it was found that the situation was very serious. There were 5 or 6 massive landslides covering a large area. Whether there are still stranded people will not be clear until disaster relief and rescue operations begin. Information is available, but I am afraid it will be difficult to open the road within 2 or 3 months.

Regarding other transportation aspects, Fu Kunqi said that the railway will be opened to traffic in one direction and then in both directions tomorrow. He also hopes that the Ministry of Transportation can provide air and sea transportation so that Hualien children can return to their hometowns and tourists can easily enter and exit.

As for the collapsed house, Fu Kunqi said that the county government has started to demolish Beibin Streethomestay, is expected to be demolished tomorrow; Due to the number of casualties, the Uranus Building cannot be demolished until a prosecutor’s inspection. Everyone trapped in the Shanhaiguan Building was successfully rescued, but the demolition is a major project. We hope that the central and local governments will work together to provide disaster relief.

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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