CWB blasts ex­ag­ger­ated typhoon pre­dic­tion claims

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The Cen­tral Weather Bureau de­nied spec­u­la­tion by a TV broad­caster Wed­nes­day that two more strong typhoons could form, whose paths could re­sem­ble that of re­cent Typhoon Soude­lor, which left eight dead and nearly 450 in­jured in Tai­wan.

Face­book com­ments made by Next TV an­chor Lee Fu-cheng were “a hype,” bureau chief Shin Tzay-chyn said, crit­i­ciz­ing them as ir­re­spon­si­ble re­marks that could cause un­nec­es­sary panic among the public.

Lee said there will be two typhoons head­ing for Tai­wan, which could start af­fect­ing the coun­try as early as Aug. 21.

Peo­ple should “hide them­selves in the ditch,” he said.

How­ever, Shin pointed out that it is too early to make such pre­dic­tions, adding that there is in­deed a mas­sive de­pres­sion out over the Pa­cific, but its fu­ture de­vel­op­ment will de­pend on nu­mer­ous vari­ables over the next 7-10 days.

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