TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taipei City mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) apologized to Taipei citizens for having a "fake" typhoon day off on Sunday while Tainan's mayor received intense criticisms from internet users for declaring a day off at the last minute on Monday.
In a meeting with reporters this morning, Mayor Ko apologized for deciding offices and schools should be remained closed on Sunday in Taipei city due to a prediction that the coming double storms would be more strongly felt in the capital city.
Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te’s (賴清德) conflicting announcements on school and office closures drew criticism from netizens. He first decided that the city should have an ordinary working day with any late excuse is accepted. However, at 6 a.m. this morning, he reversed his earlier decision and declared that work and classes would be canceled today due to the heavy rain accumulation caused by Typhoon Haitang.
Replying to the cyber critics for Mayor Lai's "late leave," Mayor Ko said his Tainan counterpart did not fabricate any such "late leave" and it was made up by the media. He also implied that it is difficult to really predict accurately the direction of a given Typhoon and safety is always the priority when the government considers announcing an official day-off.
Meanwhile, Taipei's mayor did not blame the Weather Bureau for any inaccurate predictions, since weather circumstances are always changing.
However, it is obvious that Typhoon Nesat caused vast damage throughout Taiwan. There were reports of twenty-three schools in need of repairs in Taipei City, followed by 13 schools in Yilan County, one in New Taipei City and one in Hsinchu City.