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President concerned about recent fire, approaching typhoon
【Politics】2016-07-06  19:22:41
Taipei, July 6 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has expressed concern about a fire at a nursing home earlier that day in New Taipei, as well as approaching Typhoon Nepartak, the spokesman of the Presidential Office said Wednesday.

Spokesman Alex Huang (黃重諺) said Tsai met with Premier Lin Chuan (林全) to learn about the medical assistance being given to the residents of the nursing home in Xindian District in the wake of the blaze, and asked him to pay attention to the relocation of the affected residents.

The fire broke out at around 7 a.m. and was extinguished 40 minutes later. The home accommodates mostly elderly and disabled people, making the rescue work more difficult. Six people died and 28 others were injured in the blaze.

In addition, Tsai also expressed concern about the latest developments as Nepartak was approaching, and asked Lin about disaster prevention efforts being made by the various central government agencies and local cities and counties, as well as the preparations of military personnel to help with rescue efforts.

The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said it was keeping close tabs on the movement of Nepartak, which was located 780 kilometers southeast of Hualien in eastern Taiwan, moving at a speed of 30-20 kph in a west-northwesterly direction as of 5:30 p.m.

With a radius of 200 km, the storm was carrying maximum sustained winds of 209 kph, with gusts of up to 263 kph, the CWB said.

The CWB issued a sea warning at 2:30 p.m. and was expected to issue a land warning at 8:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, Shihmen Reservoir in northern Taiwan will release stored water Thursday morning before the expected typhoon rain begins.

(By Tang Pei-chun, Huang Chiao-wen and Lilian Wu)
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