Taipower ex­pects full power grid re­cov­ery to­day

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY LAURA LIN

One of the big­gest power short­ages to have been caused by a storm in re­cent Tai­wan history was ex­pected — as of press time — to be re­solved late yesterday, the Tai­wan Power Com­pany (Taipower, ) said.

The 90,000 house­holds across Tai­wan still suf­fer­ing from power out­age af­ter Typhoon Soude­lor cut the power sup­ply for mil­lions in Tai­wan were ex­pected to see their lights back on by late yesterday, Taipower said.

Typhoon Soude­lor’s strong winds dev­as­tated high-volt­age in­su­la­tors and power lines na­tion­wide. In Changhua County — the worst-hit re­gion — around 650,000 house­holds, or 80 per­cent of house­holds in the county, were af­fected by black­out at some point, ac­cord­ing to Taipower.

Around 10,000 house­holds in the typhoon-stricken Changhua County were still suf­fer­ing from a black­out yesterday af­ter­noon, the Taipower said.

Typhoon Soude­lor caused ma­jor power cuts to roughly 4.3 mil­lion house­holds in Tai­wan, but 98 per­cent of them have now had their power re­stored, Taipower said.

Many peo­ple posted their com­plaints on Face­book or phoned Taipower, say­ing that they were up­set at the in­con­ve­nience of a three-day power out­age though they un­der­stood that the Taipower main­te­nance staff were work­ing hard to fix the prob­lem.

Taipower claimed that they have asked for lo­cal gov­ern­ment help so they can en­ter dam­aged area for restora­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to Taipower, they have pressed up to 3,600 per­son­nel and 1,500 en­gi­neer­ing trucks into ser­vice for re­con­struc­tion and hope to re­store elec­tric­ity to most of the ar­eas that suf­fered from the power out­age.

But the main­te­nance staff could not en­ter dam­aged ar­eas in New Taipei City due to a land­slide on a road, Taipower said, adding that they have asked the gov­ern­ment for help, and the restora­tion will be im­ple­mented af­ter that.

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