TIME OFF:Taipei, New Taipei City and Keelung declared half-typhoon days, with Chuanghua, Nantou, Penghu and Lienchiang counties and Taichung declaring a full day off
Date: Sep 29, 2015
By: Staff writer, with AFP AND CNA
More than 4,000 people were evacuated yesterday in areas of northern and eastern
Taiwan as Typhoon Dujuan approached the nation, gathering strength as it bore down on the east coast.
The military, working with local governments, evacuated people from areas vulnerable to falling rocks, mudslides and flooding in 39 townships and districts in Yilan, Hualien, Taitung, Hsinchu and Nantou counties and Taipei and New Taipei City.
New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) said the vulnerable areas include Wulai District (烏來), which was hit hard by Typhoon Soudelor last month, with some residents unable to return home for weeks. Most shops and hotels in the hot springs town remain closed as roads and flood damage are yet to be fully repaired.
“To be honest, we all feel very depressed. Any damage might further prolong the time needed for reconstruction,” said Chou Chih-kang, an Wulai neighborhood leader.
Television footage showed fast-moving flood waters swamping roads just outside Taipei and huge waves crashing against the northeast coastline. [FULL STORY]