Land and sea warnings have been issued for Typhoon Mekkhala Central Emergency Operation Center is on Level 1 establishment for preparation against the approaching typhoon
The Center urges all citizens to focus on the prevention of both typhoon and pandemic as Mekkhala is approaching. All people are advised to stay on high alert and prepare for the typhoon. Minister of the Interior Hsu, Kou-yung, commander of the Central Emergency Operation Center hosted the first working meeting on 15:30. All functional groups are advised to stay alert as the rainfall is estimated to reach as much as 300mm (in Taitung County, mountains of Pingtung County and Hengchuan Peninsula). All local governments are instructed to prepare for response efforts by midnight and, particularly, the governments of remote islands are asked to focus on visitor transportation and settlement. It is still early to establish emergency centers at the local government level on the island of Taiwan. Nevertheless, Mekkhala was born just southwest of Taiwan at sea and has not been compromised by terrains, indicating it may still pack a powerful punch as it comes near Taiwan. In particular, Tainan City is warned to pay special attention on efforts at several flood-prone area. The following are some of the key points:
- It is summer time and there are many visitors on the remote islands. Multiple channels shall be provided to allow the public to access vital information, such as cancelled flights or ferries due to the typhoon.
- Local governments are instructed to prepare supplies for the islanders and visitors (e.g. utility and food supplies) and help restore the shipping and ferries, as to prevent the lack of transportation capacity at the remote islands last time Hagupit came.
- All vessels at sea and at berth are advised for safety, as to prevent the possible harms to vessels that are sailing or at berth caused by high winds and swells, particularly for the navigation management for yachts operating at remote islands. Information should be spread to coasting fishing farms to ask owners for preparation. The Fishery Radio Station is instructed to warn the vessels at sea to keep all crew safe and return to port for safety.
- All departments involved are asked to provide assistance for coastal alert areas and establish warning measures depending on the condition of tides and swells.
- The projected winds at some remote islands have reached the criteria for school and office closures and yet local governments have not announced the closures. Therefore, local governments are reminded to prepare and inform the locals as early as possible.
For the latest information of Typhoon Mekkhala and disasters caused, please visit the disaster information website at www.emic.gov.tw/ and the fan page of National Fire Agency, MOI at www.facebook.com/NFA999/. (Edited by Leng, Chia-Yu, Tel: 02-81966100)