President Tsai visits Central Emergency Operation Center

President Tsai Ing-wen (???) paid an inspection visit to the Central Emergency Operation Center in Taipei Tuesday morning as Typhoon Megi began to sweet across Taiwan with powerful winds and heavy rain.

Accompanied by Premier Lin Chuan (??), Tsai visited the center around 9 a.m. and was briefed about the current situation regarding the typhoon and the response efforts.

After the briefing, Tsai gave directives on disaster response and relief, saying that precautionary evacuations should be carried out in mountainous regions.

She also said fishery workers from China and other countries who are stranded in Taiwan's ports because of the typhoon should be given shelter. Normally those workers are left to stay on their ships, which can be dangerous under extremely windy conditions.

The typhoon made landfall at 2 p.m. near Hualien City, eastern Taiwan, moving in a west-northwesterly direction at a speed of 16 kilometer per hour, with the storm covering the whole of Taiwan, posing a threat to all parts of country, including the outlying islands of Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu, according to the Central Weather Bureau.

Even before the eye of the storm made landfall on Taiwan, it had already caused damage in Taipei, Taichung and Kaohsiung cities, downing trees and knocking out power, according to the emergency center. Dozens of people were injured, mainly by falling debris.

It said 23 "red alert" landslide warnings and 286 "yellow alert" landslide warnings have been issued to residents of mountainous areas.

Interior Minister Yeh Jiunn-rong (???), who is chief commander of the center, advised people to stay indoors during the typhoon to avoid accidents and injuries as a result of the strong winds and intense rain.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel