President Tsai Ing-wen (???) and Premier Lin Chuan (??) visited southern Taiwan Thursday to inspect the damage caused by Typhoon Meranti, which battered the country a day earlier.
Tsai met with residents of Jiadong Township in Pingtung County, which was still flooded with waist-deep water on Thursday.
The residents appealed to Tsai to help restore electricity to the township as soon as possible and solve the flood problem.
In response, Tsai said water pumps were being sent from Kaohsiung to deal with the flooding.
Pingtung County Magistrate Pan Meng-an (???), meanwhile, said Tsai has asked the state-owned Taiwan Power Co. to speed up post-disaster work, but added that it might take some time because more than 300 utility poles in Pingtung were brought down by the typhoon.
The military on Thursday took food and other supplies to some 600 villagers who were stranded by floodwaters in Qiangyuan, Yanwen and Liugen villages in Jiadong Township.
After her trip to Jiadong, Tsai visited a hospital in Pingtung that was damaged by the typhoon and went to see a baby that was born at the hospital during the storm.
Premier Lin, meanwhile, visited Kaohsiung City, where some 4,000 roadside trees were downed and hundreds of thousands of households were still without power or water.
The storm also damaged about a dozen commercial and fishing boats in Kaohsiung Harbor, including a cargo ship being built by CSBC Corp., Taiwan with a capacity of 14,000 20-foot equivalent unit standard containers. The ship was tossed 300 meters from where it was moored and slammed into four cranes in the harbor.
CSBC Corp. General Manager Chen Feng-lin (???) estimated the damage to the company at NT$1 billion (US$31.54 million) and said the ship's delivery will be delayed by about three months.
Lin also inspected the agricultural damage in Kaohsiung's Yanchao District, which is known for its guavas, dates and pomelos, and said subsidies will be given to the farmers there as soon as possible.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel