Central Emergency Operations Center – 0522 Flood Minute of First Work Report and Information Analysis Meeting
II. Location: Central Emergency Operations Center
III. Hosted by: Deputy Commander Wen-Sheng Tseng;
Meeting minute prepared by: Chuang-Hsuan Chen
IV. Report: none
V. Instructions by Deputy Commander:
The data from the information analysis group indicate that central and southern Taiwan have been bombarded by torrential rain as the weather front introduced strong southwesterly flow to these parts of Taiwan today (May 22). At present, the Water Resources Agency has issued Class 1 flooding warning to 4 townships in Pingtung and 5 districts in Kaohsiung. In addition, the Soil and Water Conservation Bureau has tagged red alert on 102 rivers and stream across 12 townships in 4 counties and yellow alert on 362 rivers and streams across 23 townships in 7 counties and cities. All functional groups are asked to stay on high alert and in close communications with local governments for information exchange and provision of assistance when necessary. The following are the key points for this meeting:
- The risks of debris flow are heightened considering the loose materials on hill slopes due to days of torrential rain. Evacuation and sheltering efforts shall be prepared and rainfall monitored. All local governments are urged to deploy preventive evacuation and establish temporary shelters. Particularly, people who are challenged by difficulty to evacuate shall be given the priority for evacuation and sheltering should the time come.
- Disaster monitoring group and utility and life support group will continue to stay on top of the development and turbidity of water supply. Taiwan Power Corp. is asked to do their best to bring the power back to Fongshan where the utility power went out. In addition, for low-land areas prone to flooding along the coasts of southwestern Taiwan, the local governments are asked to make sure the all water drainage facilities, above and underground, are in good working order. Pumps, pumping stations and flood control equipment shall be maintained in working conditions and ready to deploy when and as needed by local governments according to the actual rainfall.
- The transportation engineering group is asked to keep a close eye on roads vulnerable to disasters, make sure that warning measures are in place and cooperate with local governments for preventive road blocks. For rivers and streams in southern Taiwan that are expected to see rising water levels, the respective local governments shall be warned for preparation.
- The utility and life support group is asked to provide assistance to local governments in terms of providing mobile pumps. Efforts shall be made to drain the water at areas that are already flooded and bring normal life back to people who live at these areas.