Sat, Jul 13, 2013 - Page 1 News List

Hundreds evacuated ahead of typhoon

CASE OF EMERGENCY:Some residents of Taipei, New Taipei City and Keelung complained about the late announcement of the cancelation of classes and work

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff Reporter

The Taipei Rapid Transit Corp said it had dispatched five additional MRT trains between 2pm and 4pm yesterday to transport commuters who were heading home. The ridership during the period exceeded 1 million, which is 96,000 more than the average.

Hau reminded employers to take extra cautions and not to break labor laws by requiring delivery employees to work in gusty winds and heavy rain.

The Labor Standards Inspection Office said that if a delivery person incurs serious injuries at work, employers face a maximum sentence of three years in prison and a fine of up to NT$150,000 (US$5,000).

As Typhoon Soulik is expected to bring huge amounts of rain, the Taipei Feitsui Reservoir Administration has started discharging water at 300m2 per hour. It urged residents along the Sindian River (新店溪) and Tamsui River (淡水河) to stay away from low-lying areas.

Additional reporting by Mo Yan-chih and AFP

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