Tropical Storm Nock-ten is expected to cause a substantial amount of damage if it hits northern or southern -- rather than central -- Taiwan, government statistics showed. \nAccording to a study made available by the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics, the path a tropical storm or typhoon will take when affecting Taiwan can be placed in one of 9 categories. \nAmong them, Category I -- which skirts the island in the north, Category II -- which passes through northern Taiwan and moves west or northwestward and Category IV -- which sweeps through southern Taiwan and moves west or northwestward are recorded as having caused the most agricultural losses over the past decade. \nThe reason is that such paths circumvent the Central Mountain Range, which serves as an efficient deterrent in breaking the power of the storm system. \nCategory I storms have included Herb in July 1996 and Aere in August. Herb caused over NT$14.7 billion in agricultural losses, while Aere induced about NT$1.7 billion. \nCategory II includes Toraji in July 2001, Tim in July 1994, Bilis in August 2000 and Amber in August 1997. Agricultural loses for Toraji were reported at more than NT$8 billion, Tim about NT$3.7 billion, Bilis nearly NT$7 billion and Amber about NT$2.5 billion. \nCategory IV includes Zangsane in October 2000, Zeb in October 1998 and Doug in August 1994. While the agricultural losses caused by Zangsane were recorded at NT$4.9 billion, those caused by Zeb were about NT$6.2 billion and Doug over NT$3.4 billion. \nTyphoon Nari, which lingered over the Taiwan Strait between Sept. 6 and Sept. 19 in 2001, was classified as Category VII -- which comes from the Bashi Channel in the south and gradually cruises northward on the sea. \nIts 14-day stay dumped about 1,257mm of rain on some northern areas over 51 hours and took 84 lives nationwide. The agricultural industry suffered losses worth NT$4.9 billion. \nTaipei was hardest hit -- 26 people were killed and the city's mass rapid transit (MRT) took six months of repairs to become fully operational. \nThere were 52 tropical storms or typhoons that affected Taiwan over the past 10 years, accounting for 66.7 percent of the nation's total natural disasters. \nThose causing the number dead or missing to exceed 100 include Toraji in July 2001 (214 people) and Nari in September 2001 (104 people). \nThese were followed by Zangsane in October 2000 (89), Herb in July 1996 (73), Winnine in August 1997 (45) and Mindulle in June this year (41). \nHerb tops the list of causing the most agricultural losses -- recorded at over NT$14.7 billion.
TOO TIRED: Investigators found that the pilot’s lack of alertness could be attributed to a lack of sleep the previous night, when he had slept with his child It was a copilot’s inappropriate operation of the aircraft and the pilot’s insufficient alertness that led to a hard landing of a China Airlines cargo flight on Dec. 13, 2018, the Taiwan Transportation Safety Board said yesterday. Flight CI6844, a Boeing 747-409 which departed from Hong Kong International Airport, landed on the pre-threshold area of runway L5 at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, about 21m before the head of the runway, an investigation report said. The hard landing damaged three runway lights, but none of the personnel on board sustained any injuries, the report said. When approaching the runway, the copilot failed to maintain
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REPEAT OFFENDER: The man went outside for exercise on Wednesday and then left his home on Saturday with his girlfriend, officials said A New Taipei City man has been fined NT$400,000 (US$13,221) and ordered into government quarantine after breaking home quarantine for a second time on Saturday. The 25-year-old man, surnamed Chen (陳) returned to Taiwan on Sunday last week and was ordered to home quarantine until Sunday. He was seen leaving his home on a scooter with his girlfriend on Saturday, three days after he was fined NT$200,000 for going outside to exercise, police said. Chen has now been placed in a quarantine center arranged by the district office and health center of the district where he lives, police said. Police warned the public
Taipei residents who stay at hotels in the city during their 14-day mandatory quarantine period are eligible to apply for the city’s NT$7,000 subsidy, with online applications to be launched next week. Taipei Deputy Mayor Vivian Huang (黃珊珊) on Monday said Taipei residents who have COVID-19 Health Declaration and Home Quarantine Notice dated after March 19 and a quarantine hotel receipt for the dates covered by the quarantine period, would be eligible for the subsidy. The Taipei City Government on Sunday told the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) that so many city residents are under home quarantine that about 90 percent of