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Premier oversees typhoon preparations

  • Premier William Lai

    Premier William Lai

    Premier William Lai (center) inspects the Central Disaster Emergency Operation Center on Tuesday as Typhoon Maria approaches Taiwan. (Photo by CNA)
Premier William Lai is overseeing the government’s preparations as Typhoon Maria nears Taiwan. With the storm expected to hit Tuesday evening, the premier called on the public and local officials to be on the alert.
With just hours to go before Typhoon Maria’s expected arrival on Tuesday, Premier William Lai headed to the government’s disaster response center.
There, the premier received briefings on the storm’s latest movements and on the work government agencies have done to prepare. 
Lai said the typhoon is expected to bring powerful winds and heavy downpours to the north, northeast, and central regions of Taiwan. He said the disaster response center must raise the alertness of the public and local officials ahead of the storm. He also said the center must give assistance to local governments if called on. 
Meanwhile, the premier called on the military to be on alert and be prepared to help with disaster relief.
Lai told local officials to use the final hours before the storm’s arrival to carry out preventative evacuations as needed. He also urged residents of affected areas not to venture outdoors until the storm passes early Wednesday.