Typhoon Mitag leaves 4 injured, over 7,000 homes without power

Focus Taiwan
By: Huang Li-yun and Ko Lin

Taipei, Sept. 30 (CNA) Typhoon Mitag, which was moving along Taiwan's northeastern coast late Monday night, has left four people injured and more than 7,000 homes without electricity, according to the Central Emergency Operations Center (CEOC).

Based on reports received by the CEOC as of 10 p.m. Monday, the four victims from Taipei and Yilan County all suffered minor injuries, and have either been discharged or are receiving treatment at local hospitals.    [FULL  STORY]

SW Taiwan predicted to suffer most flooding due to global warming

1.2 million people in SW Taiwan could be displaced by flooding due to global warming by 2050

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/09/23
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

(Tainan City Government EPA Bureau image)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Southwestern Taiwan, including Tainan City, in particular, is expected to be the region most heavily impacted by global warming, affecting over 1.2 million people, according to the environmental protection group Greenpeace.

On Sunday (Sept. 22), Greenpeace set up an 250-centimeter-tall ice sculpture inscribed with the Chinese characters "climate crisis" in Taipei's Ximending area, reported CNA. Greenpeace representatives at the exhibit said that if action is not taken quickly, 310 square kilometers could be submerged in Tainan by 2050.

Through the melting of the ice sculpture, Greenpeace activists hoped to raise awareness of global warming and demanded that Taiwan's 2020 presidential candidates propose sustainable solutions. They said that government leaders should actively respond to the crisis with a new energy policy.

The activists said that if Taiwan and the world do not take measures to actively reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, an estimated 1,398 square kilometers of Taiwan's southwestern coastal areas could be flooded, the equivalent to 5,377 Da'an Forest Parks, according to the report. The environmental organization estimates that over 1.2 million people in Taiwan could be displaced by this flooding, with Tainan City the most heavily impacted area.    [FULL  STORY]

One dead, nine injured in Tropical Storm Bailu

SEVERE IMPACT: NT$25.26 million worth of crops were damaged, affecting vegetable prices, and 3,436 people were forced to evacuate their homes

Taiei Times
Date: ug 26, 2019
By: Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

One person died and nine were injured after Severe Tropical Storm Bailu made landfall in Pingtung

Banana plants lie flattened in a plantation in Taitung County yesterday, after strong winds and heavy rain brought by Tropical Storm Bailu.
Photo: CNA

County on Saturday, the Central Emergency Operation Center said yesterday.

An 18-year-old drove a motorcycle into a fallen tree in Tainan at 11:49pm on Saturday and died after branches punctured his chest, the center said.

Two other people — a 21-year-old woman on a scooter and a 32-year-old man on a motorcycle — were injured in Tainan after driving into trees that had fallen into the street.

In Nantou County’s Yuchih Township (魚池), a 73-year-old man and a 48-year-old woman were hurt when trees fell on them.    [FULL  STORY]

Tropical Storm Bailu: Taiwan cancels work, classes for 6 municipalities

Landfall still expected in Taitung by 2 p.m. Saturday August 24

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/08/23
By: Duncan DeAeth, Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

CWB image

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The latest on Tropical Storm Bailu (all times local):

11 p.m., Friday (August 23)

Taiwan's Executive Yuan announced that work and classes in Tainan City, Kaohsiung City, Pingtung County, Hualien County, Taitung County, and Penghu County would be canceled Saturday (August 24) due to approaching Tropical Storm Bailu.

Earlier, work and classes on Green Island (Lyudao Township) and Orchid Island (Lanyu Township) had been canceled for Friday (August 23) evening.

Updates on closures can be followed on the table from the government's personnel agency.

Kaohsiung first only announced the cancellation of work and classes for five districts all known for landslides during previous typhoons, but it later expanded it to cover all of the city for Saturday.

LIST: Flight cancellations for August 9, Friday

Date: Aug 08 2019

MANILA – Local airlines have announced the cancellation of flights to Basco, Batanes and Taipei, Taiwan and their respective return trips on Friday due to the effects of Typhoon Hanna.

The following are affected flights as of 8 p.m. Thursday:


  • M8 816 Manila – Basco
  • M8 817 Basco – Manila


  • PR890 Manila – Taipei
  • PR891 Taipei – Manila
  • PR2696 Clark – Basco
  • PR2697 Basco – Clark
  • PR2688 Clark – Basco
  • PR2689 Basco – Clark

PAL said affected passengers may rebook and refund within 30 days from their original flight date, with rebooking or refunding fees waived.    [SOURCE]

Taiwan to see temperatures hit 35 degrees over next week

Sunny skies and high temperatures expected across the country

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/05/12
By: Ryan Drillsma, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Sunny skies in New Taipei City. (By Wikimedia Commons)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan is to experience summer-like weather from Sunday (May 12) through next week as temperatures hit 35-degree highs in some regions, according to the Central Weather Bureau.

Temperatures are to remain stable throughout the week, the bureau said, with the majority of areas witnessing clear or cloudy skies. All regions will experience cool and comfortable morning and evening low temperatures of between 22 and 25 degrees Celsius.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan’s rainy weather to last through Monday

Under the effects of northeasterly winds, rainy weather is expected across the country through Monday

Taiwan News    
Date: 2019/03/24 
By:  Central News Agency

(Photo from unsplash user Luke Stackpoole)

TAIPEI (CNA) — Under the effects of northeasterly winds, rainy weather is expected across Taiwan through Monday, when another front will be approaching the country, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

On Sunday, the mercury fell to 13 degrees Celsius in northern Taiwan in the early morning — the lowest throughout the country, the CWB said.

In areas north of central Taiwan as well as Yilan and Hualien counties, temperatures dropped to 14-16 degrees early Sunday, while those in southern Taiwan and Taitung County slid to 17-18 degrees, it said.

Although the seasonal wind will begin to weaken during the day, temperatures throughout Taiwan will rise by only 1-2 degrees due to a cloud system from southern China, the CWB said.    [FULL  STORY]

Mix of sun and clouds forecast for Wednesday

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/02/20
By: Huang Yu and Frances Huang

Taipei, Feb. 20 (CNA) Partially sunny skies are expected around Taiwan on Wednesday as stable weather conditions continue, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The CWB said temperatures Wednesday should be little changed from Tuesday, hitting 18-25 degrees Celsius in northern Taiwan, 19-29 degrees in central Taiwan and 23-29 degrees in the south.

Temperatures are expected to fall considerably at night, moving down to 17 degrees in northern Taiwan, 19 degrees in central Taiwan and 20 degrees in the south, the CWB forecast.    [FULL  STORY]

Northeast monsoon to bring colder temperatures and rain to Taiwan on Lunar New Year’s Eve

The cold and wet weather will continue into Tuesday, Feb. 5

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/02/04
By: Sophia Yang, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

(By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Temperatures will start to drop on Lunar New Year’s Eve after a northeast monsoon arrives, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

It will become colder and wetter under the influence of northeasterly winds beginning Monday (Feb. 4) after three days of balmy weather. Temperatures rose to almost 30 degrees Celsius in greater Taipei over the past few days.

The CWB reports high temperatures will drop to below 20 degrees Celsius in northern Taiwan, 22 to 26 degrees Celsius in Taichung (台中), 25 to 28 degrees Celsius in Kaohsiung (高雄), and 21 to 25 degrees Celsius in Hualien (花蓮).

The low temperatures could reach 16 degrees Celsius in northern Taiwan.

Owners urged to keep pets warm

COLD WEATHER: As the CWB warned of a cold snap arriving yesterday, Kaohsiung vets provided advice on how to keep pets — from reptiles to rabbits — comfortable

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 21, 2019
By: Hsu Li-chuan and Jonathan Chin  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Kaohsiung-based veterinarians have recommended that pet owners keep their animals

Fish swim in a tank fitted with a heating device in an undated photograph.
Photo: Lee Hui-chou, Taipei Times

warm, as cold weather was forecast for the next few days.

Cats and dogs common in Taiwan prefer temperatures from 20°C to 30°C, Jonghsin Animal Hospital’s 16th Agricultural Zone Branch veterinarians said, adding that while their fur is usually enough to keep cats and dogs warm, those that are old, short-haired, small or have chronic health issues could be more vulnerable to the cold.

A cat or dog that is uncomfortable in the cold could quiver or become lethargic, while signs of severe distress include weakness, stiff muscles, slowed breathing and heartbeat, and even loss of consciousness, they said.

Owners should provide indoor heating or an outside shelter, they said, adding that heat pads for beds should be wrapped in blankets or towels to avoid contact burns.