Progress seen in typhoon re­con­struc­tion ef­forts

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY STEPHANIE CHAO

Wu­lai’s only trans­port link to the out­side ar­eas is ex­pected to be cleared within 10 days, New Taipei City Deputy Mayor Hou You-yi (

) stated yesterday as the Greater Taipei area grad­u­ally gets back on its feet af­ter Typhoon Soude­lor.

Elec­tric­ity lines are slowly be­ing re­stored and wa­ter sta­tions have been also been set up in the Wu­lai area, Hou said.

Thou­sands of house­holds still re­main in the dark, in­clud­ing 1,300 house­holds in New Taipei City, around 200 in Taipei City, around 100 in Taiyuan City and around 200 in re­mote ar­eas, Tai­wan Power Com­pany (Taipower) stated yesterday.

A to­tal of 1,300 house­holds will re­gain elec­tric­ity within three days, while a to­tal of ap­prox­i­mately 4.5 mil­lion house­holds were af­fected na­tion­wide as of press time. Many of the out­ages were mainly due to blocked roads and dam­aged elec­tric lines caused by fall­ing trees, Taipower said.

Taipower stated that the re­pairs will be con­ducted along­side lo­cal gov­ern­ment cleanup ef­forts. Many of the ar­eas in need of re­stored power in­clude Wu­lai’s Ra­haw Town­ship ( ), Fushan Town­ship (

) and Hsiao-I Town­ship ( ), where 600 house­holds are still with­out elec­tric­ity. In Xin­dian Dis­trict, around 180 house­holds are still in the dark in Kuan Hs­ing Town­ship ( ), while there are around 500 house­holds with­out power in San­sia Dis­trict.

As re­pair ef­forts can only be made on foot in some ar­eas for now, Taipower ex­pects that af­ter the roads are cleared, elec­tric­ity out­ages could be fin­ished within three days.

Around 120 house­holds scat­tered around Taipei City’s Yang Ming Shan area have been af­fected by out­ages caused by col­lapsed trees. Taipower said its tech­ni­cians would be able to fin­ish re­pairs within a day once fallen trees are cleared away.

Chunghwa Tele­com ( ) also an­nounced that those af­fected by tele­phone ser­vice out­ages will re­ceive de­duc­tions or free pay­ment of­fers start­ing from Aug. 8. Over­due phone bills and ser­vice can­cel­la­tions will be de­layed as well.

Short on Man­power

Strewn trees across the Greater Taipei area are still slowly be­ing dis­posed of as af­fected sec­tors have stated a short­age of both man­power and equip­ment.

At yesterday’s cab­i­net meet­ing, Taipei City asked for equip­ment to help with tree dis­posal. Premier Mao Chi-kuo ( ) asked the Min­istry of Eco­nomic Af­fairs to con­duct ne­go­ti­a­tions.

An un­named cleaner stated in a lo­cal media in­ter­view that 5,100 work­ers were em­ployed by the Parks and Street­light Of­fice and en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion de­part­ments to han­dle 16,000 fallen trees, far less than the ap­prox­i­mately 8,600 work­ers de­ployed fol­low­ing 2013’s Typhoon Soulik, which caused the fall of 4,000 trees.

New Taipei City es­ti­mates that the strewn trees will be cleared away by to­day, with a clean­ing force of around 7,500 peo­ple.

Re­lief Sup­plies Plat­form Set Up

The New Taipei City Gov­ern­ment set up a “Sup­ply Bank” plat­form, which will ag­gre­gate do­na­tions to dis­trib­ute among dis­as­ter-stricken cit­i­zens in ar­eas such as Wu­lai, Xin­dian, and San­sia.

Suit­able do­na­tions in­clude canned foods, mixed con­gee, bot­tled wa­ter and san­i­tary prod­ucts, Di­rec­tor of the New Taipei City So­cial Wel­fare Depart­ment Chang Chin-li ( ) stated.

Since Typhoon Soude­lor swept through Tai­wan, the New Taipei City Gov­ern­ment has sent five air-drops into dis­as­ter-hit ar­eas and has ac­cu­mu­lated a to­tal of 20,000 kilo­grams of daily sup­plies.

Dis­as­ter com­pen­sa­tion funds were also is­sued to 1,550 house­holds, with each house­hold re­ceiv­ing NT$10,000.

For do­na­tion in­for­ma­tion, re­fer to 02-29618094 for the “Sup­ply Bank” plat­form, or the New Taipei City at 02-29603456, ex­ten­sion num­bers 3811 and 3813.

(Left) Nan­shi River ( ), the main river that goes through Wu­lai, is pic­tured sta­ble yet muddy, yesterday. The river was be­lieved to be the main cause of high-lev­els of con­tam­i­nated wa­ter in the Greater Taipei area, which then caused cit­i­zens to go through days of un­drink­able wa­ter. (Right) Sol­diers shift through waste on Wu­lai Old Street yesterday. The Army was de­ployed to as­sist in re­con­struc­tion of Wu­lai ar­eas af­fected by land­slides dur­ing Typhoon Soude­lor.

CNA

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