Rail transport affected by tropical storm

Updated: 2011-09-01 16:24


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FUZHOU - Bullet trains have been slowed down or stopped as tropical storm Nanmadol continues to bring heavy rain and winds to east China's Fujian province, local authorities said.

A mudslide triggered by the rains occurred at 6:25 am Thursday near a section of railway that connects the city of Putian to Xianyou County. The affected section was repaired by 9 am, with the speed of passing bullet trains slowed down to accommodate the repairs, according to authorities from the Fuzhou Train Station.

Another 24 bullet trains have been prohibited from traveling along the railway, the authorities said.

About 138,000 people in the region have been evacuated in the wake of the storm's arrival. The storm has destroyed 110 houses and damaged another 600 in Fujian, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs.