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Traffic getting back to normal after typhoon

Traffic getting back to normal after typhoon

Taipei, Sept. 29 (CNA) Traffic was slowly getting back to normal Tuesday after Typhoon Dujuan exited Taiwan and made its way toward China, with all but one line on Taipei's subway system resuming operations early in the morning. The Wenhu Line, or the brown line, was expected to start running later Tuesday morning after the remaining winds from the storm died down, the Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation (TRTC) said. With the exception of a small stretch near Taipei Songshan Airport, the 26-kilometer line is mostly elevated and therefore more sensitive to the elements. All the other lines were running smoothly early Tuesday morning, TRTC said. Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp. said its trains will start running at noon while the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) said it will resume express train service on its line down Taiwan's west coast after 12 noon. During the morning, only regional trains were running on the western line as TRA crews worked to repair damage to its rail lines caused by the typhoon overnight, the company said. TRA service in eastern Taiwan is expected to gradually get back to normal throughout the day, the company said. Typhoon Dujuan made landfall in eastern Taiwan Monday evening and exited early Tuesday, dumping huge amounts of rain across the island. Two people were killed and more than 300 others were injured, the authorities said. Extreme traffic chaos was avoided partly because population centers in northern Taiwan -- Taipei, New Taipei and Taoyuan cities -- announced a shutdown of schools and offices Tuesday. (By Ku Chuan and Jay Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-17 18:08 GMT+08:00