Typhoon In-fa is slowly approaching Taiwan
The general public is reminded to be aware of the torrential rain and avoid any activities near the sea or mountainous region
The Central Weather Bureau stated that Typhoon In-fa moved slowly yesterday (7/22). Starting today (7/23), the typhoon will travel along the subtropical high pressure current at a speed of 8 to 13 kilometers per hour. With the impact of peripheral circulation of the typhoon, there were local heavy rains or torrential rains in the northern and northeast region, the heavy rains also occurred in the central region, and strong winds with Grade 8 to 9 occurred in coastal areas. As the typhoon gets closer and closer, it is expected to have local heavy rains or torrential rains in the north of the central region, northeastern and southern mountainous areas today (7/23). The northern mountainous areas are expected to have local heavy rains of torrential rain or higher level. Other areas and Penghu, Kinmen, and Matsu also expect to have local short period of rains. There are strong winds with grade 8-10 in open coastal areas in the western, northeastern, eastern regions as well as the Hengchun Peninsula and remote islands. The sea waves nearby Taiwan are also strong. High waves already occurred in the northern and eastern Taiwan (including Orchid Island and Green Island), Hengchun Peninsula and the coast area of Matsu. The general public is also reminded to be aware of their safety and pay extra caution for any activities near the sea.
The deputy minister of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, Chen Tain-Shou, who also serves as the deputy commander of the Central Emergency Operation Center, held the fifth working meeting and information research and judgment meeting for Typhoon In-fa at 09:00 today (7/23). The deputy commander instructed to strengthen the following preparation and preventive measures:
1. Based on the wave forecast by the Central Weather Bureau, the , 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 with diverse channels. The ocean patrol personnel are also requested to cooperate with the local government to urge the public to leave and punish them to ensure the safety of the public.
2. Strong winds and rain continue and for the mountain roads, flooding areas, earthflows, slope collapse and other disasters, the Ministry of the Interior is requested to urge local governments in charge of heavy rain warning area to conduct disaster investigation and report operations 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.
3. For people who have been evacuated to the shelter and resettlement, local governments with the jurisdiction are requested to prepare relevant shelters and materials according to the "Guidelines for Temporary Shelter and Resettlement Operations for Disasters in Response to Severe Infectious Pneumonia" issued by the Central Epidemic Command Center, and take appropriate operations.
4. In regard to regulating water release of related reservoirs, the hydropower lifeline support team is requested to use diverse channels to urge the public to stay away from downstream rivers to ensure safety.
5. Taking into consideration of the Water Conservation Bureau of the Council of Agriculture has issued a yellow warning for two potential large-scale collapse areas in Jianshi and Wufeng districts of Hsinchu County, the central and local governments are requested to be aware of the collapse warning areas, to keep close monitoring and continue to implement various emergency measures, and initiate various disaster prevention and relief measures in a timely manner.
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).