Typhoon warning lifted, repair work underway

Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau (CWB) lifted its warning for Typhoon Malakas Sunday as the storm was moving in a northeasterly direction away from Taiwan and toward Japan.

At 8 a.m. Sunday, Malakas -- the second typhoon to have affected Taiwan within a week -- was located some 290 kilometers off Taipei's northeast coast, moving at a speed of 15 kilometers per hour in a northeasterly direction, according to the CWB data.

The typhoon poses no threat to the sea area northeast and north of Taiwan, the CWB said, but noted there will still be strong gusts and rough waves in coastal areas, including Orchid Island and Green Island off eastern Taiwan, advising people to avoid seaside activities.

The weather bureau has also lifted its heavy rain warning for the country but said the Hualien and Taitung areas will still see occasional strong showers for the rest of the day.

People living in mountainous areas must still beware of possible mudslides and rock slides due to the constant rain over the past few days, the bureau advised.

As of Sunday afternoon, over 10,000 households in Pingtung and Kinmen continued to suffer from power outages caused by Typhoon Malakas, according to the Central Emergency Operation Center.

Post-disaster reconstruction and clean-up operations have begun countrywide since Typhoon Meranti battered southern Taiwan with strong gusts and heavy downpours on Wednesday.

According to statistics compiled by the Ministry of Education, 687 schools and stadiums around the country have reported damage to facilities attributed to Typhoons Meranti and Malakas. The losses have been estimated to reach near NT$500 million (US$15.77 million).

Most schools reporting typhoon-inflicted damage are situated in Kaohsiung, Pingtung County and Tainan, the ministry said.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of National Defense continues to send soldiers to the affected areas to help with reconstruction and clean-up efforts, it said Sunday.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel