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Typhoon Meranti damages infrastructure in southern Taiwan

Typhoon Meranti damages infrastructure in southern Taiwan

Taipei, Sept. 10 (CNA) Typhoon Meranti brought heavy rains on Thursday that damaged roads, bridges and communications in southern and southeastern areas of the country before heading toward China Friday morning.
Torrential rains and flooding triggered by the typhoon disrupted traffic on a section of highway in Kaohsiung County's Taoyuan Township and another linking Siaolin Village in Jiasian Township and Namasia Township in Kaohsiung County.
Although the rain stopped in Kaohsiung County Friday morning, flooded rivers disrupted traffic on main bridges in Taoyuan and Namasia townships.
The Third District Maintenance Construction Office of the Directorate General of Highways said Friday that it will repair the bridges as quickly as possible, with a target of reopening them by Sept. 15.
A bridge linking Kaohsiung County's Linyuan Township and Pingtung County's Sinyuan Township that was closed Thursday reopened to traffic Friday.
Early Friday, the Council of Agriculture issued red alerts for landslides along 16 rivers in four townships in the southeast county of Taitung, urging local governments to persuade residents in the areas to leave or forcefully evacuate the area.
It also issued yellow alerts for landslides near 20 rivers in 12 villages in the county and suggested local governments persuade residents to evacuate.
The council, however, lifted the warnings before noon.
In addition, a cargo ship named Winner No. 12 that was stranded near Kaohsiung Harbor was tugged into the harbor for repair Friday.
All 18 crew members were safe, according to the Kaohsiung Harbor Bureau.
The harbor resumed operations Friday morning, the bureau added.
(By Chen Shou-gow, Lin Su-yuan, Chen Ja-fo and Y.L. Kao)