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Festivals canceled, forest parks closed as typhoon approaches
Central News Agency
2014-07-22 01:43 PM
Taipei, July 22 (CNA) Several festivals were canceled and all of Taiwan's forest parks were closed on Tuesday due to the threat from Typhoon Matmo, which is expected to dump extremely heavy rains on Taiwan over the next two days. In northeastern Taiwan's Yilan County, the Yilan International Children's Folklore and Folkgame Festival was closed Tuesday; the Yilan Lohas International Festival canceled its evening performances for Tuesday and Wednesday; and the Luodong Art Carnival canceled its evening shows for the next three days, beginning Tuesday. The Taiwan International Balloon Fiesta in eastern Taiwan's Taitung County was also closed Tuesday, while the Kenting International Hot Air Balloon Festival and Hualien International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta will be closed both Tuesday and Wednesday. Meanwhile, 18 forest recreation and national parks, including parks in Alishan and Kenting in southern Taiwan and in Taipingshan and Hehuanshan in central Taiwan, were closed Tuesday and will not reopen until the typhoon heads away from the island. The mini-trains in Taipei's Wulai District were also suspended on Tuesday, while the Alishan Forest Railway will be suspended on Wednesday, the Cabinet-level Forestry Bureau said, warning the public not to visit the parks or mountain trails. Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp. said high-speed rail services will remain normal on Tuesday, and it plans to announce its plans for Wednesday later in the day. Meanwhile, boat services between Donggang Township and Liouciou Township in southern Taiwan's Pingtung County were suspended at noon on Tuesday. Boat services between Taitung and Orchid Island and Green Island off the coast of eastern Taiwan will also be suspended on Tuesday and Wednesday. A land warning was issued at 2:30 a.m. for Typhoon Matmo, the year's first typhoon to impact Taiwan directly. As of 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, the center of Matmo was located some 340 kilometers south-southeast of Hualien and moving in a north- northwesterly direction at a speed of 22 kilometers per hour. It is expected to make landfall in Yilan or Hualien County. (By Christie Chen)
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