Typhoon In-fa is approaching the northeastern sea area of Taiwan
The Central Emergency Operation Center urges the general public to be aware and pay attention to safety
The Central Weather Bureau stated that Typhoon In-fa was located in the east southeast sea area of Taipei with a distance of about 470 kilometers and it is approaching northwest at 6 to 9 kilometers per hour at 20:00 on 7/22. Typhoon In-fa moved slowly this morning to the afternoon and its intensity remains the same as a moderate typhoon, with a storm radius of 200 kilometers. As its storm radius is gradually approaching the sea area in eastern Taiwan, it is posing a threat to the sea area in northern, northeastern and southeastern Taiwan.
The Central Weather Bureau stated that winds and waves will gradually increase in seas areas nearby Taiwan from today’s (7/22) evening to the next (7/23) tomorrow. High waves already occurred in the northern and eastern Taiwan (including Orchid Island and Green Island), Hengchun Peninsula and the coast area of Matsu; strong winds equivalent to Grade 8 to 10 are expected in the open space areas in the western, northeastern and eastern coastal areas, as well as in Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu. The general public is also reminded to be aware of their safety and pay extra caution for any activities near the sea. During the period of spring tide, rainwater cannot be easily discharged and the low-lying coastal areas need to be aware of flooding.
The deputy minister of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, Chen Zheng-Qi, who also serves as the deputy commander of the Central Emergency Operation Center, held the fourth working meeting and information research and judgment meeting for Typhoon In-fa at 21:00 today (7/22). The deputy commander instructed to strengthen the following preparation and preventive measures:
1. Due to local torrential rain in Hsinchu and Miaoli mountainous regions today (22) day, disasters such as earthflow and falling rocks caused interruption of traffic. Other than taking immediate response measures, passers are urged to pay attention to earthflow and falling rocks. The local government that is in charge of the warning area shall conduct disaster investigation and report at any time, so that the disaster situation can be properly grasped at any time and the disaster can be handled in a timely manner.
2. As for the continuous rainfall in Hsinchu and Miaoli mountainous regions, the Council of Agriculture had issued a yellow warning for earthflow. If it is necessary for preventive evacuation and settlements for villages with possible earthflow, the local government shall be informed in advance to complete the relevant operations before nighttime.
3. It is required to continue to pay attention to the rainfall in northern region and the estimated rainfall amount for the future, and complete the collaborative flood control operations for the upstream reservoirs and downstream rivers; the governments are requested to complete the operations for the inspection and maintenance of underground pipelines and drainage facilities in other to prevent the short heavy rainfall duration in the urban area from causing inefficient drainage of underground pipelines that may result in serious standing water and driving safety.
4. According to the wave forecast information by the Central Weather Bureau, the waves may be as high as more than 5 meters in sea areas around Taiwan on 7/23, the waves in the northeast sea region may be as high as more than 7 meters, and high waves will occur in water areas around the island. Governments at all levels are requested to urge the general public to avoid any beach activities. For areas with potential danger of waves, please practically implement control measures to ensure the safety of the public.
For the latest updates on the typhoon and disaster status, please visit the Central Emergency Operation Center’s disaster information website (www.emic.gov.tw/) and the Facebook of the National Fire Agency of the Ministry of the Interior (www.facebook.com/NFA999/) (this article is written by: Leng Chia-Yu, Tel: 02-81966100)