By: Liao Yu-yang, Tyson Lu and Elizabeth Hsu
Taipei, Aug. 21 (CNA) The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) has activated its disaster prevention system after a land warning was issued for Tropical Storm Hato on Monday afternoon to maintain a secure and stable supply of electricity and water during the storm.
An emergency disaster response panel was set up, the ministry said, and all related authorities were notified to closely monitor the storm’s progress.
State-run Taiwan Power Co. spokesman Lin Te-fu (林德福) said the company is checking on the safety of all of its facilities.
Also, all private power plants have been reminded to secure their facilities against harsh weather conditions after a transmission tower used by privately run Ho-Ping power plant was toppled by Typhoon Nesat in late July, taking 1.3 million kilowatts off the grid for two weeks. [FULL STORY]