Premier directs post-typhoon relief and reconstruction

  • Date: 2016-07-09
  • Source: Department of Information Services, Executive Yuan

After  surveying  the  damage  wreaked  by  Typhoon  Nepartak  in  Taitung  and  Pingtung  counties,  Premier  Lin  Chuan  today  gave  the  following  orders  at  a  Central  Emergency  Operation  Center  meeting  in  Taipei  City:

1. Minister  without  Portfolio  Wu  Hong-mo  (concurrently  minister  of  the  Public  Construction  Commission)  is  to  be  stationed  in  Taitung  County  beginning  Sunday  to  help  with  local  relief,  recovery  and  reconstruction  efforts.

2. Typhoon  Nepartak’s  level-17  winds  on  the  Beaufort  scale  were  the  strongest  in  a  century,  bringing  widespread  damage  to  homes  in  Taitung.  According  to  current  regulations,  the  government  provides  victims  needing  relocation  with  assistance  of  up  to  NT$20,000  (US$617)  per  person,  for  a  maximum  five  people  per  household  (or  NT$100,000  or  US$3,086).  This  time,  however,  many  residents  experienced  damage  to  home  rooftops,  windows  or  doors  that  do  not  necessarily  make  the  home  uninhabitable  but  also  do  not  qualify  them  for  assistance.  

To  compensate  for  this  type  of  property  loss,  the  government  will  implement  a  special  relief  project  where  affected  residents  approved  by  the  local  government  will  receive  NT$20,000  per  household.  The  standards  for  damage  assessment  will  be  determined  after  discussions  between  the  central  government  and  the  Taitung  County  Government  on  Monday.  In  the  meantime,  affected  residents  are  advised  to  keep  photographs  or  receipts  as  proof  of  damage.

3. Cash  relief  for  agricultural  losses  must  be  distributed  speedily  with  streamlined  procedures  and  lenient  standards.  Local  governments  must  transfer  the  subsidies  quickly  to  the  accounts  of  affected  farmers.

4. Relief  for  damaged  farming  facilities  will  also  be  conducted  in  accordance  with  the  Implementation  Rules  of  Agricultural  Natural  Disaster  Relief.  In  the  future,  the  Council  of  Agriculture  (COA)  should  encourage  farmers  to  set  up  sturdier  farming  facilities  that  can  withstand  extreme  weather  events.  

5. To  help  farmers  suffering  long-term  income  loss  due  to  the  typhoon  (for  instance,  it  takes  three  years  to  grow  and  harvest  sugar  apples),  the  COA  will  map  out  income  insurance  measures  that  protect  farmers  from  losses  of  perennial  crops.

6. Central  government  agencies  should  complete  inspection  and  reviews  within  one  month  of  receiving  local  government  reports  on  damage  and  reconstruction  plans  for  public  facilities  (including  schools).

7. On  Monday,  the  Executive  Yuan  will  provide  the  Taitung  County  Government  with  NT$500  million  (US$15.43  million)  for  disaster  relief  and  reconstruction  work.  Another  NT$300  million  (US$9.26  million)  will  be  allotted  for  agricultural  losses.

8. To  facilitate  relief  operations  in  Taitung,  Taiwan  Railways  Administration  will  offer  free  Taroko  Express  and  Puyuma  Express  services  July  10  and  11  for  professional  and  medical  workers  as  well  as  anyone  wishing  to  lend  a  helping  hand.  The  trains  will  depart  mid-day  from  Banqiao  in  northern  Taiwan  and  stop  at  Taipei,  Songshan,  Hualien  and  Taitung  stations.  Details  are  available  at  the  service  centers  of  the  five  train  stations.