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President urges more vigilance over slow-paced typhoon

2011/08/28 19:26:08

Taipei, Aug. 28 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou urged government agencies Sunday to be more vigilant in taking precautions against Typhoon Nanmadol, which is moving toward Taiwan at a slow pace.

The government must remain on guard as judging from previous experiences, a slow-paced typhoon is likely to trigger more serious damage and casualties, Ma said at a briefing at the Central Emergency Operation Center, which is on watch for the typhoon.

Typhoon Nanmadol was moving toward Taiwan at 12 kilometers per hour Sunday afternoon, but that was expected to slow to 8 kph, according to the Central Weather Bureau.

With the medium-strength typhoon estimated to bring rainfall of up to 1,500 millimeters, the president said the government should make sufficient preparations, such as evacuating residents in dangerous areas and having military personnel ready for rescue work once a disaster occurs.

So far, thousands of residents have been evacuated from areas vulnerable to the typhoon in eastern and southern Taiwan.

Earlier in the day, Ma also posted a notice on his Facebook page, calling for the public to take proper precautions for the typhoon.

(By Johnson Sun, Kelven Huang and Elaine Hou)