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2019-08-19 | 公共電視

Alishan Forest Railway Shut Down Until End of August|豪雨.地震影響 阿里山森鐵封閉至月底

Due to the effects of the southwest wind and convective cloud systems, the Central Weather Bureau is continuing to issue special heavy rain advisories for municipalities in central and southern Taiwan. The Alishan Forest Railway will be closed for maintenance until the end of August due to recent torrential rain and earthquakes. One store operator on Fenqi Lake's Old Street says sales will be affected by at least 70 percent this summer by the continuous heavy rains and the railroad being out of commission.

Abysmal weather has kept tourists away from Fenqi Lake's Old Street on Alishan for a month. Local stores say the railway being out of commission until the end of the month will only make things worse.

We were told by the Forestry Bureau the railway may be shut down until the end of August. This means 150 to 200 fewer tourists a day. It's having a pretty big impact on us.

Business is just OK normally, but there are days now when we earn just a few hundred NT dollars. It's a difference of at least 80 percent.

The Zhangnaoliao section of the Alishan Forest Railway has been damaged by recent rains and earthquakes. Due to safety considerations, the line will be shut down until the end of the month.

With rockslides and falling rocks continuing to plague area freeways, tourists are thinking twice about traveling up the mountain.

There are torrential rains pouring down all along the way and a ton of shattered rocks on the side of the road. It's pretty dangerous. We were planning to head back up to Alishan around 3 p.m. today, but the local people were honest and told us we should head down.

Most of the torrential rain in the Chiayi area has fallen in mountainous areas. One business owner says summer is usually peak tourist season for Alishan but the weather discourages tourists from staying longer on the mountain. With the railway out of commission, he hopes at the very least the weather will improve in the next two weeks.

阿里山奮起湖的老街,因為這一個月不斷下雨的影響,大大減少遊客上山的意願,現在鐵路又要維修到月底,讓他們實在是很擔心。

奮起湖老街業者 林先生表示:「林管局這邊有跟我們講就是,可能會到八月底的時候,鐵路都是停駛,所以我們一天大概減少,150到200人的觀光人次,對我們也是影響滿大的。」

奮起湖老街業者 劉女士表示:「平時生意也都是還好,現在有時候一天,才收個幾百元而已,是不是,差不多有少了8成。」

阿里山森林鐵路樟腦寮路段的鐵軌,受到豪雨及地震的影響損壞,雖然已經積極搶修,但考量到到行駛安全的問題,將預計封閉到月底。而公路多處路段還是有發生落石坍方的情形,這都影響了民眾上山的意願。

遊客 陳先生表示:「沿路其實就是豪大雨,然後路邊還滿多碎石頭的,算滿驚險的,本來預計今天,就是現在,下午3點要再往阿里山上去,可是當地人有給我們比較良心的建議,是希望我們可以下山。」

嘉義地區的豪大雨,主要都下在山區的位置,業者表示,暑假原本是阿里山觀光的旺季,但天氣不穩定的情況,讓遊客就算上山後也不會久留,現在鐵路還要修到月底,只希望天氣能夠好轉,讓他們還能把握最後的這半個月。

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