Goni alert lifted, gov’t urges wa­ter stor­age

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The Cen­tral Weather Bureau (CWB) lifted the sea warn­ings yesterday as Typhoon Goni headed far­ther away from Tai­wan, yet the Taipei Wa­ter Depart­ment cau­tioned cit­i­zens to store wa­ter as a pre­cau­tion.

As of 8 p.m. yesterday, Goni was cen­tered east-south­east of Taipei, around 260 kilo­me­ters, mov­ing at a speed of 19 kilo­me­ters per hour be­com­ing 27 kilo­me­ters per hour to­ward a north­east­erly di­rec­tion.

The CWB cau­tioned that ar­eas from Yun­lin, Nan­tou and Hualien in the north, to the moun­tain­ous ar­eas of Yi­lan and south of Chi­ayi will likely see heavy rain due to the cir­cu­la­tion brought in from the outer rim of Goni. Heavy rain warn­ings will be is­sued ac­cord­ingly, the CWB stated.

Off­shore is­lands — Orchid Is­land, Green Is­land, Penghu, Kin­men and Dong­sha is­lands will see rough waves and strong winds, the CWB said, and cau­tioned cit­i­zens against tak­ing part in sea­side events or ac­tiv­i­ties.

Wait­ing to Re­turn

Home in Wu­lai

Goni weak­ened


it moved north­ward off Tai­wan’s east coast, but author­i­ties warned of heavy rain­fall with par­tic­u­lar con­cern for ar­eas left dam­aged and wa­ter­logged by Typhoon Soude­lor ear­lier this month.

Thou­sands were evac­u­ated from out­ly­ing is­lands and moun­tain­ous ar­eas as a pre­cau­tion, in­clud­ing 1,500 from the hot spring re­gion of Wu­lai just out­side Taipei, which was dev­as­tated by Soude­lor.

Wu­lai res­i­dents had piled large sand­bags along the river to pre­vent flood­ing, with the area al­ready re­ceiv­ing 130 mil­lime­ters of rain­fall in the last two days as Goni ap­proached.

Some have been un­able to re­turn home since Soude­lor due to blocked roads.

“We all would love to go home as early as pos­si­ble,” one evac­uee from a tiny vil­lage in Wu­lai, who gave her name as Yukyu, told AFP Sun­day.

She is one of 80 Wu­lai res­i­dents who have been liv­ing in a tem­po­rary shel­ter in Taipei for more than two weeks, bed­ding down on the floor in sleep­ing bags.

“But any fur­ther rains could trig­ger land­slides,” she said.

Ahead of the typhoon, 1,700 tourists were also evac­u­ated from out­ly­ing tourist des­ti­na­tions, bring­ing the to­tal num­ber of evac­uees to al­most 4,000.

Author­i­ties warned peo­ple not to visit coastal ar­eas due to tow­er­ing waves.

By Sun­day af­ter­noon, how­ever, some evac­uees were re­turn­ing home as the storm moved away from Tai­wan and there were no re­ports of se­ri­ous dam­age.

Store Wa­ter

The Taipei Wa­ter Depart­ment warned Greater Taipei house­holds to store wa­ter. Con­tam­i­na­tion lev­els have dropped to around 2,000 NTU (neph­elo­met­ric tur­bid­ity units) as of press time and are ex­pected to con­tinue to drop due to mea­sures car­ried out by the depart­ment.

The wa­ter depart­ment still en­cour­ages house­holds lo­cated in the moun­tain­ous ar­eas of Yang­ming­shan and Beitou Dis­trict to store wa­ter in case of emer­gen­cies.

Those with wa­ter-us­age ques­tions can en­quire on the Taipei Wa­ter Depart­ment’s 24-hour cus­tomer ser­vice line at (02) 8733-5678.


A man stocks up on bot­tled wa­ter at a lo­cal hy­per­mar­ket, yesterday. Up­stream ar­eas of the Xin­dian River will likely see a rise in con­tam­i­na­tion lev­els due to the heavy rains brought in by the outer rim of Typhoon Goni, which has led to a rush of cit­i­zens buy­ing bot­tled wa­ter.

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