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Northwest Pacific may face fewer typhoons this year: Taiwan CWB

Taiwan may be struck by three to five typhoons this year, similar to the average over the past five years, said Daniel Wu, a director at Taiwan’s Cent...

Taiwan may be struck by three to five typhoons this year, similar to the average over the past five years, said Daniel Wu, a director at Taiwan’s Cent...

The Northwest Pacific region, which includes Eastern China, Japan and Vietnam, may face fewer typhoons in 2009, following the trend of recent years.

The number of typhoons and tropical storms may reach between 24 and 27, compared with 24 in 2008 and an average of 26.6 over the past 30 years, Daniel Wu (吳德榮), a director at Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau, said in Taipei Tuesday.

The storms, known as hurricanes and tropical cyclones in other regions, can cause landslides and push up food prices because of crop damage. They can also disrupt transportation and disable offshore oil rigs, reducing production.

The Northwest Pacific, which also includes the Korean peninsula, Taiwan and the Philippines, has had four typhoons and tropical storms so far this year, Wu said. The region experienced 24 typhoons or tropical storms in 2007 and 23 the previous year, data from the bureau show.

Tropical Storm Nangka swept across the Philippines this month, killing at least 11 people. Cnooc Ltd., China’s biggest offshore oil explorer, shut a field in the South China Sea in May 2006 because of damage by a typhoon, in a disruption that lasted more than a year.

Taiwan may be struck by three to five typhoons this year, similar to the average over the past five years, Wu said.


Updated : 2021-03-01 04:03 GMT+08:00