Advisories lifted, but Trami's toll lingers behind
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Although Trami has left Taiwan and government authorities have lifted land and sea warnings, a Torrential Rain Advisory has still been issued.
August 23, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
The Central Weather Bureau official said Trami has weakened, but it would still affect all parts of Taiwan.
The land and sea warning were lifted on Thursday morning, with the CWB forecasting that rain levels in northern and north-eastern Taiwan would reduce.
A Torrential Rain Advisory was issued to Central and Southern Taiwan in light of the remaining influence of the weather system's rim. Local residents have been advised to beware of the incoming heavy rain.
Tropical Storm Trami touched down in mainland China early yesterday morning.
The mountainous areas and certain plains in the south of Miaoli County were still affected by rain yesterday morning. Weather is expected to become more unstable in Southern Taiwan.
The Ministry of National Defense said yesterday afternoon that R.O.C. armed forces had lowered their alert level, but nationwide personnel and local liaison officers remained on standby in case of the potential affects of Trami's outer section.
At least 11 people have been injured and more than 6,000 evacuated, with around 2,700 being sheltered.
More than 16,000 houses lost their water supply. Interior Minister Lee hong-yuan (李鴻源) said it will take three days to conduct emergency repairs, promising that they would offer water for basic living in the meantime; while working as quickly as possible to fix the issue, including potentially fixing it sooner than scheduled.
Minister Li also said that potential incoming heavy rain may lead to landslides in mountainous areas in Central and Southern Taiwan.
Around 59,000 houses suffered power outages, but only 1,892 houses were still waiting for power yesterday. The remaining power outages were located in regions where roads were damaged, meaning repair services could not be deployed, said Taipower management.
Trami's heavy rainfall led to the loss of road foundations in mountainous areas of Hsinchu County. Local authorities arranged trucks and excavators to conduct urgently required restoration of main roads, and Hsinchu County Magistrate Chiu Ching-chun (邱鏡淳) hoped that the central government could offer assistance. While restrictions to access for a number of areas was lifted, the county government still said the public should enter mountainous areas only if necessary. Jianshi (尖石) and Wufeng (五峰) townships retained their cancellation of work and classes yesterday.
Waste water due to Trami's rainfall may lead to some skin diseases such as inflammation, cellulitis and athlete's foot, a doctor with National Taiwan University Hospital's skin department said. The doctor recommended that those residents with wounds who are cleaning up their homes in the aftermath of the storm should use footwear so as to prevent any direct contact with waste water. However, the doctor added, those who are already suffering from athlete's foot should periodically remove their footwear.