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2019-08-09 | 公共電視

Taichung, Miaoli Residents Upset over No Typhoon Holiday|全台8縣市停班課 苗栗台中沒放假遭罵翻

Typhoon Lekima is attacking Taiwan. Eight municipalities in Taiwan including Taoyuan and Hsinchu canceled work and school. However, Miaoli County, which is in the same living circle as Taoyuan and Hsinchu, didn't get a typhoon holiday. Many people said they were unhappy about it. Taichung residents also wrote on Facebook that they were unhappy about not getting a typhoon holiday. The Facebook pages of Miaoli County Magistrate Hsu Yao-chang and Taichung City Mayor Lu Shiow-yen were both filled with complaints. Hsu and Lu both said the typhoon holiday standards had not been reached so there was work and school as usual. Weather seems relatively normal around Taiwan, but preventive measures are still being undertaken.

There were intermittent downpours in Miaoli in the morning as people headed to work. Many were upset about not getting a typhoon holiday.

I guess the rules are the rules.

Of course we should get a typhoon holiday if the weather is really bad. Too bad for us it's not that bad.

Miaoli residents questioned why they didn't get a typhoon holiday when people in nearby Hsinchu and Taoyuan did. Only one Miaoli township, Taian, announced a typhoon holiday. Miaoli County Magistrate Hsu Yao-chang's Facebook was inundated with complaints. In response, Hsu said the decision was based on Central Weather Bureau standards.

The county magistrate isn't the one deciding whether to cancel work and class. Certain criteria have to be met. We have to consider both the impact on businesses and the safety of their employees.

Typhoon holiday standards are based on Central Weather Bureau forecasts and where the storm radius may pass within four hours. There has to be an average wind force of Category 7, a maximum wind force of Category 10, and expected rainfall of 350 millimeters. As of 7 p.m. on the 8th, the bureau was forecasting an average wind force of Category 5 to 6 and a maximum wind force of Category 8 to 9 along with rainfall of 200 to 300 millimeters in low-lying areas of Miaoli. Only mountainous areas reached the typhoon holiday rain threshold, which is why Taian was the only township to announce a typhoon holiday. Taichung also failed to reach typhoon holiday standards with a forecasted average wind force of Category 5 to 6 and a maximum wind force of Category 8 to 9.

(Taichung City) didn't meet either the rain or wind threshold for a typhoon holiday. We respect the assessment of the professionals.

The Taichung City Government says although typhoon holiday standards were not met, the disaster response center was activated at 8 p.m. on the 8th and all government agencies are prepared and standing by. No major flooding has been reported so far.

一早苗栗的街頭,下起間歇性的豪大雨,不少民眾冒雨照樣出門上下班,對於颱風天卻沒放颱風假,還得照常趕上班,直說實在不方便。

民眾表示:「反正規定,就是有它的想法。」

民眾表示:「很強烈的話,當然就是要放颱風假,對不對?但我們沒到那麼嚴重。」

民眾說鄰近的新竹桃園,都已經放了颱風假,但同樣生活圈的苗栗,除了十點泰安鄉宣布停班停課之外,其他都是正常上班上課,引發民眾不滿.而苗栗縣長徐耀昌的臉書,也被網友灌爆表達不滿.縣長徐耀昌表示,一切按照氣象局的標準判斷。

苗栗縣長 徐耀昌表示:「(停班課)不是說,縣市首長說了就算,一定要達到標準(才能放),必須兼顧到企業界,兼顧到勞工界,他們的安全。」

依照停班停課標準,根據氣象預報,暴風半徑四小時內 可能經過地區,平均風力達到7級,最大陣風10級,未來雨量350毫米警戒值,就可以宣布停班課,但根據氣象局,8號晚間七點的資料,苗栗 平均風力5-6級,最大陣風8-9級,平地雨量200到300毫米,只有山區達到標準,只有泰安鄉宣布停班課。台中平均風力也只有5-6級,最大陣風8-9級,也未達停班停課標準。

台中市新聞局長 吳皇昇表示:「(台中市)不管最大陣風,還是降雨量來看,都沒達到放假的標準,這部分,我們絕對尊重專業。」

台中市府表示,雖然沒有達到停班停課標準,但災害應變中心已於8號晚間8點成立一級開設,各局處進駐待命,全力做好防災準備,而目前都沒有重大災情,但颱風假該怎麼放,考驗首長的政治智慧。

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