Central Emergency Operation Center for Typhoon Chanthu
The Central Emergency Operation Center urges the public to strengthen the preparation and response measures against typhoon
The latest weather data indicates that Typhoon Chanthu slightly weakens in the past 3 hours. It is currently located in the sea area about 170 kilometers south southeast of Eluanbi and is drifting north at a speed of 13 turning to 20 kilometers per hour. The storm radius of the typhoon has entered the Bashi Strait and the coastal sea area in southeastern Taiwan and it is posing a threat to Hualien, Taitung (including Orchid Island and Green Island), Hengchun Peninsula, Nantou and south of Yunlin. With the impact of the typhoon and its peripheral circulation, strong winds are expected to occur in the southeast region (including Orchid Island and Green Island), Hengchun Peninsula, north of Taoyuan (including the greater Taipei area), and coastal areas of Matsu and Kinmen today (9/11). Long waves are expected to occur in the sea areas around Taiwan and please pay extra caution for any activities near the sea.
The Premier Su Tseng-chang of the Executive Yuan came to the Central Emergency Operation Center at 10:30 today (9/11) to supervise operations in regards to typhoon prevention and preparation measures; he also communicated with the heads of local governments via video conference, including Kaohsiung City, Pingtung County, Taitung County, Hualien County and Yilan County. Premier Su instructed to strengthen the following preparation and preventive measures for typhoon:
1. In view of the damage to various public infrastructure constructions during the torrential rains brought by typhoon in August, the related department shall manage the progress for restoration, as well as review the construction progress to implement the preventive measures for typhoon to prevent damage for the second time.
2. The impact of rainfall brought by Typhoon Chanthu is expected to have higher risk of causing earthflow and mudslide disasters. It is required to implement a rainfall monitoring mechanism for road slopes and proactively implement various alert, evacuation and preventive measures. Preventive measures of evacuation must be implemented as early as possible; it is necessary to work together and assist the local governments; moreover, the national army is requested to provide assistance.
3. The government values the importance of water control and flood prevention and has invested considerable amount for the infrastructure construction. The typhoon is on track to bring torrential rains in the mountainous areas of eastern and northeastern region; the flood control and drainage system facilities must be well prepared for the low-lying coastal areas. At the same time, the pumping machines, pumping stations and flood control shall be prepared in advance, and flexible dispatch operations for pumping equipment shall be adopted according to the rainfall conditions.
4. The Mid-Autumn Festival is coming soon and the agricultural products that may be damaged by the typhoon are expected to have significant price fluctuation. Therefore, it is required to make a comprehensive plan for the balance of supply and demand of agricultural products. In addition, the typhoon is posing a threat power transmission and lifeline pipelines and the telecom stations, please be prepared for emergency repairs of manpower and equipment, and make suitable dispatch operation.
5. The path of the Typhoon Chanthu remains uncertain. All ministries and departments are requested to make the best preparation and take proactive measures. Please be vigilant and keep close communication with the local governments, take the initiative to grasp the disaster status and provide assistance to local governments. Furthermore, the frontline disaster relief and emergency repair personnel of governments at all levels are urged to ensure their personal safety during the typhoon period.
In addition, the commander of the Central Emergency Operation Center, Minister Xu Guo-Yong of the Ministry of the Interior, held the third working meeting for Typhoon Chanthu at 10:30 today (9/11). The commander instructed all units to pay extra caution and take proactive measures to implement various preparation and preventive operations for the typhoon; the following are the key points instructed by the commander:
1. The Central Weather Bureau is requested to continuously monitor the typhoon’s up-to-date status and keep close contact with the disaster prevention units. At the same time, it is necessary to adopt diverse channels to provide the public with various information regarding special warning and weather overviews. The information of the working meeting must be delivered to local governments.
2. The instructions from the previous working meeting, including urging the public to implement measures for pandemic prevention and typhoon prevention, remain vigilant to long waves, avoid engaging activities in seaside and mountainous areas, strengthen the protection measures for aquaculture and fisheries, the operating vessels in the sea shall pay extra attention of safety, arranging suitable settlement for foreign fishermen, suspension of sea and land transportation, conducting announcement for the suspension of transportation, strengthening the protection against strong winds for the transmission line in the eastern region of Taiwan, ensuring the normal operation of the drainage system in the low-lying areas, and strengthening the safety monitoring mechanism for slope areas; and it is required to continue to urge local governments to practically implement these operations.
3. Some mountaineering groups have yet to be contacted. Please contact all mountaineering groups in the national park areas, so that they can make arrange to leave the mountainous areas as soon as possible. At the same time, please strengthen the use of diverse channels to contact mountaineers to leave the mountainous areas. Moreover, please use diverse channels to urge the public to avoid outdoor activities in the mountainous and seaside areas.
4. This eastern and northeastern region will be significantly affected by the typhoon. For railway and highway, including the South Link Highway, Southern Cross-Island Highway, Highway of the Suhua Highway Improvement Project, and Taitung Railway, etc., please pay special caution to the slope condition; the related units are requested to be cautious regarding the closure of highway facilities and conduct the dispatch and deployment operations as soon as possible. In addition, please urge the construction unit to strengthen typhoon preparation and safety measures for railway and highway projects that are under the construction.
5. For the areas with potential risk of earthflow and mudslide, and the areas with potential risk of being cut off, please cooperate with the government's evacuation operation to ensure safety of the public, or prepare food emergency storage in advance.
6. Recently, earthquakes continuously occurred in the eastern region of Taiwan. It is required to notify local governments to be aware and reinforce the preventive measure for the areas with high risk of disaster in the slop areas of Hualien and Taitung.
7. Currently, the storage capacity of all reservoirs is high. If water release operation is required, please use the Short Message Service-Cell Broadcast service or other channels for disaster prevention and warning to the public as early as possible.
8. The typhoon is on track to skirt Taiwan’s east coast and hence there is a potential risk of storm tide and flooding. Please strengthen the maintenance of water conservation facilities and urge local governments to prepare sandbags as well as ensure the flood control function for underground drainage systems and low-lying areas.
9. Today is still a make-up work/school day. Taking into consideration that the wind and rain brought by the typhoon will gradually increase in the afternoon, it is required to reinforce the traffic control operations to ensure the safety of students during the time for getting off work and school.
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: Li Ming-Xian. Tel: 02-81966100).