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Taiwan preparing for onset of Typhoon Soudelor

Taiwan preparing for onset of Typhoon Soudelor

Taipei, Aug. 5 (CNA) Transportation and fire departments around Taiwan began making preparations for Typhoon Soudelor, which is expected to pummel the island on Friday and Saturday. Ferry operators in Taitung County in southeastern Taiwan announced Wednesday that ferry services between Fugang Harbor and Green Island and Orchid Island will be temporarily suspended from Thursday afternoon to Sunday. The Taiwan Railways Administration will cancel its holiday cruise-style trains on Taiwan's Father's Day on Aug. 8 and will issue refunds to people who have made reservations. The tourist trains travel through scenic spots in mountainous regions that are highly vulnerable to the heavy rains and gusty winds brought by typhoons. According to weather forecasters, Soudelor is likely to make landfall in either Yilan or Hualien county on Taiwan's eastern coast Friday night or early Saturday. As of 2 p.m. Wednesday, Soudelor was centered 1,390 kilometers east-southeast of Taipei, moving west-northwest at 22 kilometers per hour toward Taiwan. Although the storm's intensity had weakened, it still had a radius of 250 kilometers. In Taipei, the fire department advised people to check and secure installations such as display boards, construction site scaffoldings and walls. Residents in low-lying regions and on slopes were asked to take precautions against floods and landslides. In Kaohsiung, the municipal government's Water Resources Bureau checked the city's water pumping stations and prepared 13,000 sandbags, and district offices in areas vulnerable to flooding set up special shelters and started evacuating patients and pregnant women. The higher prices often seen for vegetables prior to the arrival of typhoons because of expectations of supply shortages were in evidence Wednesday, with the prices of vegetables, and especially green leafy vegetables, up 15 and 45 percent at Taipei wholesale markets. (By C.P. Liu, T. C. Lu, S. M. Yang, S. F. Wang and Lillian Lin)


Updated : 2021-09-21 08:02 GMT+08:00