Typhoon Chanthu is approaching closer and Taiwan will be affected late tonight
The Central Emergency Operation Center urges the public to be prepared for the typhoon
The latest weather data indicates that Typhoon Chanthu slightly weakens in the past three hours. It is currently located in the sea area about 110 kilometers east southeast of Eluanbi and is drifting north at a speed of 21 kilometers per hour. The storm radius of the typhoon has entered the southeastern and southern land area of Taiwan and it is posing a threat to Taiwan's land areas. It is required to be vigilant of strong winds and torrential rains in all areas of Taiwan (including Orchid Island and Green Island) and the operating ships in the sea area around Taiwan and Bashi Strait should pay extra caution. With the impact of the typhoon and its peripheral circulation, strong winds are expected to occur in the eastern region (including Orchid Island and Green Island), Hengchun Peninsula, southern region, north of Taoyuan (including the greater Taipei area), and coastal areas of Matsu, Penghu 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 commander of the Central Emergency Operation Center, Minister Xu Guo-Yong of the Ministry of the Interior, held the fourth working meeting for Typhoon Chanthu at 20:00 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 instructions from the 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, 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.
2. During the period of high tide and rainfall brought by the typhoon, the related adjustment and water release operations will cause rainwater cannot be easily discharged in coastal areas as all reservoirs are at high level of water capacity. Please take the proactive measures to monitor the tide level and rainfall conditions to urge the local government to be prepared; it is necessary to continuously strengthen the preparation and dispatch operations for pumping stations and pumping machines in all areas. In addition, the Premier Su also reminded us to carefully assess the water regulation for reservoirs to ensure the preservation of water resources.
3. With the impact of the typhoon and its peripheral circulation, long waves are expected to occur and the public is urged to pay extra caution in the precautionary areas. It is required not to go out for any outdoor activities if not necessary, and please enforce the persuasion to leave and punishment operation to ensure safety of the public.
4. Based on the judgment of and information and research, the earthquakes will continue to occur in the eastern region of Taiwan. The potential risk of slop disasters in Hualien and Taitung area has increased and the precautionary warning have been issued, such as the yellow warning of earthflow and mudslide as well as the yellow warning of large-scale collapse. 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. The preventive evacuation and the shelter and resettlement mechanism need to be implemented in a timely manner.
5. Premier Su came to the Central Emergency Operation Center and some county/city governments have expressed their concern of agricultural disasters. It is required to continuously monitor the status of agricultural disasters and conduct the disaster relief operations as soon as possible. It is also required to make adjustment and stabilize the prices of agricultural products, so to ease the public’s concern about significant price fluctuations of agricultural products.
6. Please urge the construction unit to strengthen typhoon preparation and safety measures for railway and highway projects that are under the construction. In addition, please adopt diverse channels to deliver various information regarding road blocks, precautionary closures, rail facilities, sea and air traffic suspension, and other traffic suspension to the general public.
7. It is necessary to remind the local governments to pay extra caution to strengthen the signboards and scaffolds to prevent them from being affected by wind and rain, as well as implement the preventive measures for the typhoon.
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).