Typhoon In-fa is slightly moving faster
The Central Weather Bureau stated that the center of Typhoon In-fa is currently
located in the east sea area of Taipei and it is moving towards north northwest. Its storm radius is gradually approaching the sea area in eastern Taiwan and it is posing a threat to the sea area in northern, northeastern and southeastern Taiwan. The intensity of the typhoon is expected to increase slightly and the storm radius will expand slightly. With the impact of the typhoon and its peripheral circulation, the waves in sea areas nearby Taiwan are relatively strong today (7/23). High waves are expected to occur 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 open space areas in the western, northeastern and eastern coastal areas, as well as in Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu. The general public is urged not to conduct 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 standing water and flooding
The undersecretary of government affairs of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, Hua Jing-Qun, who also serves as the deputy commander of the Central Emergency Operation Center, held the sixth working meeting and information research and judgment meeting for Typhoon In-fa at 15:00 today (7/23). The deputy commander instructed to strengthen the following preparation and preventive measures:
1. As tomorrow is weekend, some media reported that some people went to the beach to watch the waves. According to the sea information by the Central Weather Bureau, it is expected to have high waves in the coastal waters of the island. It is necessary to urge the public again, to avoid going to the beach for any activities or watching the waves near the sea. Coast guards are also requested to cooperate with the local government to urge the public to leave the sea area or fine them to ensure the safety of the public.
2. Wind and rainfall continue to increase. For the traffic of mountain roads, flooding areas, earthflows, slope collapse and other disasters, it is requested to conduct disaster investigation and report operations, so that the disaster status can be properly grasped and the disaster can be handled in a timely manner.
3. The latest research and judgment information from the working report must be delivered to local governments. In particular, the rain is currently increasing in Yilan, Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Miaoli and the mountainous region of New Taipei City. Taking into consideration of the impact of the rainfall caused by the typhoon's peripheral circulation, local governments are requested to promptly upgrade the level of response center in a timely manner.
4. Based on the estimation of accumulated rainfall amount, red earthflow warning will be issued in Taoyuan Fuxing, Hsinchu Wufeng and Hsinchu Jianshi. It is necessary to implement relevant epidemic prevention guidelines and complete the relevant evacuation as well as shelter and resettlement operations before nighttime. It is also necessary to take the initiative to assist local governments and request the national army to carry out the evacuation operations if needed.
5. During the impact period of typhoon’s rainfall and spring tide, three reservoirs such as Shimen, Mingde, and Zhitan Dam are conducting water discharge and adjustment operations at present. The relevant adjustment and water discharge operations will cause difficulty in drainage in coastal areas. The Water Resources Agency, MOEA predicts that there will be a total of 5 reservoirs will continue to discharge water in the next 6 hours. It is necessary to implement an early warning mechanism to remind people in the downstream area to pay attention. At the same time, local governments are urged to be prepared for emergency situations (such as asking the public to move vehicles outside the embankment), and strengthen the maintenance and preparation of pumping stations and pumps in all regions.
6. Torrential rain and strong winds have caused some power outages and disasters in the slope by the road throughout Taiwan. It is required to supervise relevant units to actively repair, so that people’s daily life can be recovered. Furthermore, it is required to remind the construction personnel for emergency operation to pay extra attention to ensure their safety during the operation.
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).