Typhoon In-fa to make closest approach to the northeast sea area of Taiwan
The Central Weather Bureau stated that the center of Typhoon In-fa is located in the east northeast sea area of Taipei, drifting north northwest towards northwest. Its storm radius is currently passing through the coastal water area in northern Taiwan and it is posing a threat to the sea area of northern and northeastern Taiwan. With the impact of the typhoon and its peripheral circulation, the waves in sea areas nearby Taiwan are relatively strong today (7/24). Long waves are expected to occur in the northern and eastern Taiwan (including Orchid Island and Green Island), Hengchun Peninsula and the coast area of Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu; strong winds equivalent to Grade 8 to 9 are expected in open space and coastal areas of northern, southern, northeastern and southeastern region, as well as in Matsu, especially in the northern coast of Keelung, Hengchun Peninsula, Orchid Island and Green Island, strong winds equivalent to Grade 9 to 10 are expected and the general public is urged to pay extra caution and not to conduct any activities near the sea. During the period of spring tide and high 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, Chen Yan-Bo, who also serves as the deputy commander of the Central Emergency Operation Center, held the eighth working meeting and information research and judgment meeting for Typhoon In-fa at 09:00 today (7/24). The deputy commander instructed to strengthen the following preparation and preventive measures:
1. Today is a weekend holiday and it is necessary to use diverse channels to provide the public with various warning report messages and weather information. The general public is urged to avoid going to mountainous regions and water areas. On the basis of the long wave information released by the Central Weather Bureau, there is a possibility of long waves occurring in all coastal areas of Taiwan. Please continue to urge the general public to leave the seaside for any activities near the sea to ensure safety.
2. With the impact of the typhoon and its peripheral circulation, there is a possibility of local torrential rain or heavy rain in Yilan as well as in Taipei, New Taipei, Keelung, Taoyuan, Hsinchu and Miaoli areas. The following measures are required to be reinforced:
(1) The continuous rainfall in mountainous regions will greatly increase the risk of earthflow and mudslide disaster, it is required to continue to monitor the high-risk slope roads with slope and rail facilities and actively remind the general public to pay close attention to the falling rocks on mountain roads.
(2) During the period of spring tide, it is necessary to continue to monitor the rainfall and water level and condition of rivers; it is required to continue to plan and make arrangement and dispatch of pumps, as well as take control of the operation of the pumping station. Furthermore, it is necessary to take responsive measures for the underground drainage in order to prevent the inefficient drainage of underground tunnels due to short heavy rainfall duration in the urban area that may cause serious standing water and endanger the driving safety.
3. The Water Conservation Bureau of the Council of Agriculture continues to issue a red warning for the areas with potential large-scale collapse in Wufeng Township of Hsinchu County, as well as a red warning for 33 earthflow areas. For some counties and cities with higher risk of earthflow and slope disaster, it is required to implement the evacuation operation as well as conduct the shelter and resettlement operation according to the epidemic prevention guidelines.
4. The torrential rains in the past few days had caused agricultural loss in some regions and hence the subsequent market price of agricultural products may fluctuate. It is required to continue to implement the market price stabilization mechanism for agricultural products. In addition, it is necessary to assist farmers in related disaster relief as soon as possible based on the natural disaster investigation and reporting regulations for agricultural products, to help them to re-cultivate as soon as possible.
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).