Termite eats savings
An Investigation Bureau official advised the public yesterday to keep their savings in financial institutions following media reports yesterday that a college graduate in April found that the NT$1 million (US$33,380) in savings she had amassed over eight years had been reduced to shreds by termites inside a safe in her home. The woman sent the damaged bills to the Investigation Bureau, but efforts to salvage the money yielded poor results, said Liu Hui-fang (劉蕙芳), an expert in the forensics branch of the bureau who spent a week trying to piece together the bills. The Bank of Taiwan allowed the woman to exchange the damaged bills for only a little more than NT$26,000, saying that the rest were beyond redemption.
Aboriginal weather service
A new weather forecast service aimed at the 55 major Aboriginal communities will be launched next month, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday. The new service will provide weather information in several indigenous languages via local television and radio broadcasts and will include forecasts for small tribal areas that are often not mentioned in the regular forecasts, the bureau said. The initiative takes into consideration the now higher chances of extreme weather brought about by global climate change, said Cheng Ming-dean (鄭明典), director of the bureau’s forecast center. Early warnings are particularly crucial for Aboriginal groups because most of them live in mountainous or coastal areas that are prone to natural disasters, Cheng said. In the future, the project could be extended to the whole nation so people could have more localized weather information, he added.