Taiwan's industrial parks report no damage from typhoon

07/23/2014 02:55 PM

Taipei, July 23 (CNA) Industrial parks in Taiwan that are home to major electronics heavyweights and generate large amounts of exports for the country, had reported no damage so far Wednesday as a result of Typhoon Matmo, according to the government.

Lien Ching-chung, deputy director of the Industrial Development Bureau, which supervises the development of Taiwan's industrial parks, said that although the typhoon brought heavy rain and strong winds to some areas of Taiwan, the information collected by the bureau shows that no serious damage has occurred.

The eye of the storm exited Taiwan early Wednesday from Changhua County about four hours after making landfall in eastern Taiwan, but strong winds and heavy rains continued to pound Taiwan later in the day.

Although the strength of Matmo was weakening, the Central Weather Bureau has warned that the public should remain alert, as the typhoon is likely to continue to dump heavy rain on cities and counties islandwide.

According to government statistics, the typhoon had so far left nine people injured in Taiwan, while a power outage affected about 90,000 households.

However, Lien said that so far, the typhoon has uprooted only one tree in one industrial park and no serious damage has been reported.

Operations at the Hsinchu Science Park, where some Taiwanese high-tech firms such as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and United Microelectronics Corp., have production lines, remained normal.

Tu Chi-hsiang, acting deputy director of the science park's administration bureau, said the impact of the rain and wind caused by the typhoon in Hsinchu has been limited and that the electricity supply in the park was not interrupted.

(By Huang Chiao-wen, Jackson Chang and Frances Huang)ENDITEM/J

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