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Emergency response center holds typhoon meeting

  • Interior Minister Yeh Jiunn-rong

    Interior Minister Yeh Jiunn-rong

    Interior Minister Yeh Jiunn-rong appears in this CNA file photo.
The government’s disaster response center has held a meeting as Typhoon Maria leaves Taiwan. The meeting focused on continuing danger from the storm as well as work to restore power to homes.
Though the worst of Typhoon Maria was over on Taiwan by Wednesday morning, parts of the country continued to see high winds and heavy rain. Meanwhile, the storm had also moved on to threaten the outlying Matsu islands.
With the danger not yet over, the Central Disaster Emergency Operation Center held a meeting to take stock of the situation. The meeting included a video conference with the county head in charge of the Matsu islands. 
Most damage in the islands has been confined to falling trees and signs. However, 200 households have lost power and are waiting for the Taiwan Power Company to complete repairs.
The meeting also addressed damage left in the storm’s wake on Taiwan proper. Later Wednesday, the storm was confirmed to have resulted in eight injuries and left more than 59,000 households without power. Power is expected to be restored to the last of these homes before midnight.
Interior Minister Yeh Jiunn-rong called on local governments to stay up to date on any flooding or landslides and to wait until it is safe to send evacuees home.
On the positive side, Typhoon Maria has helped to replenish the country’s reservoirs. The interior minister said that between Tuesday and Wednesday rainfall had brought levels in Taoyuan’s Shihmen reservoir up from 48% to 56% of capacity.