The storm, which earlier amounted to a supertyphoon, wrecked havoc on many parts of Southern Taiwan, with Pingtung County, Kaohsiung City and the island of Kinmen being the worst affected.
Premier Lin Chuan, who visited Pingtung and Kaohsiung Thursday, said the three areas would be marked out for special emergency aid, cash subsidies and low-interest loans. The aid would be awarded on a “generous and rapid” basis, he said. President Tsai Ing-wen visited Kaohsiung City on the same day.
The Council of Agriculture said that farmers in the three areas who had suffered damage could use the next ten days, beginning September 16, to apply for the special assistance at local government offices.
Farmers in the Kaohsiung area told Lin that at least half their harvests of grapefruit and jujube had been destroyed by the storm.
While Typhoon Meranti had already gone, the country needed to be ready for the next typhoon, the premier said. The Central Weather Bureau was expected to issue sea warnings at 11:30 p.m. Thursday and land warnings at noon Friday.