The land warning for Typhoon Mita has been issued. Preparations shall be made to prevent flooding
The storm circle of the mild Typhoon Mita has continued to expand. Tomorrow (30th), it might be intensified and become a medium-strength typhoon. The rain hotspots are concentrated in the north and northeast areas of Taiwan, as well as northern Hualien. The Hualien and Taitung areas will start to be affected by the external circulation of the typhoon tonight, and the local rains will occur in the Ilan and the northeast region tomorrow morning between 3:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. In the Taipei area, it will also rain in the early morning, and the rain will increase significantly after 10:00 a.m., and it will continue to rain until the evening.
(Commander and Minister of Interior) Hsu Kuo-Yun requires that each functional group must stay vigilant and actively face typhoon attacks, and hereby reminds all levels of government to carry out disaster prevention and settlement operations in advance. In addition, the following key tasks shall be implemented:
- The Central Weather Bureau and the National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction (NCDR) shall continuously monitor the typhoon dynamics and maintain close contact with the various disaster prevention units, while using multiple channels to provide the public with alarm messages and general weather conditions. The analytical data and relevant intelligence from the working meeting must be conveyed to the local governments.
- Each functional group and related ministries and departments shall urge local governments to implement the instructions from the previous work meeting, such as: strengthening preparedness for disasters in alert areas that may become isolated islands in New Taipei City and Ilan County, dissuading people from engaging in seaside and mountain activities, strengthening resettlement of foreign fishermen, and closure of disaster-prone roads and traffic stoppage based on early warnings, announcement of traffic stop information, repair of broken embankment for safety, etc.
- The Water Resources Agency under the Ministry of Economic Affairs estimates that in the next 6 hours, flood discharge operations will be performed at 5 dams. During the period where the tide is high, it is imperative to implement early warning measures in advance to alert people at the downstream.
- The tide is especially high with the additional impact of the typhoon. In the coastal low-lying and flood-prone areas in Ilan County, Keelung City, Taipei City, and New Taipei City, rain changes must be attended and disaster prevention must be prepared in advance.
- The Soil and Water Conservation Bureau under the Council of Agriculture estimated that tomorrow afternoon, in Suao, Nanao and Suao of Ilan (3 townships), the potential rainfall in the stream will reach a red alert, while the potential rainfall in the stream in 25 townships of the remaining 7 counties and cities will reach a yellow alert. Local governments are hereby reminded to use the morning time tomorrow (30th) to complete preventive evacuation operations.
For the latest typhoon dynamics and disaster situation, please visit the Disaster Information Station (www.emic.gov.tw/) and the Facebook fan page of the National Fire Agency, Ministry of the Interior (www.facebook.com/NFA999/). (Written by: Leng Chia-yu, Tel: 02-81966100).