Typhoon lashes China’s east coast, 14 dead and four missing: Xinhua

admin   •   August 10, 2015   •   1747

A man watches floodwaters in a heavy rain at a town hit by Typhoon Soudelor in Ningde, Fujian province, China, August 9, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

A typhoon battered China’s east coast on Sunday, killing 14 people and forcing the authorities to evacuate hundreds of thousands more.

The 14 were killed after being washed away by flash floods or buried under collapsed houses or landslides, state news agency Xinhua said, citing authorities in Zhejiang province. Another four people were missing.

Typhoon Soudelor forced more than 188,400 people to leave their homes in Zhejiang and 320,000 in neighboring Fujian, Xinhua said. More than 530 flights were canceled and 191 high-speed trains were suspended.

The typhoon had killed six people in Taiwan earlier in the weekend, then moved across the Taiwan Strait and slammed into the mainland’s Fujian province late on Saturday.

It churned towards neighboring Zhejiang and Jiangxi on Sunday, Xinhua said. The Tropical Storm Risk website downgraded Soudelor to a tropical storm as it moved inland.

In Taiwan, the rain and wind eased on Sunday although the Central Weather Bureau warned that conditions remained unstable as crews began clearing fallen trees, mud flows and other debris from blocked roads.

The storm killed six people in Taiwan, with four missing and nearly 400 injured, authorities said.

Typhoons are common at this time of year in the South China Sea and Pacific, picking up strength from warm waters before losing it over land.

(Reporting by Chen Yixin in SHANGHAI, Koh Gui Qing in BEIJING and J.R. Wu in TAIPEI; Editing by Alan Raybould)

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More Filipinos find educational opportunities in Taiwan

Marje Pelayo   •   March 19, 2021

TAIWAN – Around 2,000 Filipino students are currently taking up their degree in Taiwan.

According to the latest record of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Manila, the number of Filipinos travelling to Taiwan for educational purposes rose significantly from 570 in 2016 to 2,311 last year.

Among them is Lorenzo Ramos who is staying in Taiwan under a scholarship program.

He said aside from free education, among the benefits of studying in Taiwan include a health insurance and job opportunities after graduation.

“The inclusion of scholarship is actually an amount to cover your tuition plus monthly stipend or allowance for my day-to-day expenses here in Taiwan,” Lorenzo said.

“Right now I am also entitled to their National Health Insurance which is one of the most popular coverages worldwide and at the same time after I graduate they will automatically extend my visa to allow me to seek job opportunities here in Taiwan. So I can say that the foreign students are well taken care of in their country,” he added.

Taiwan is among countries in the world with the lowest COVID-19 infection rate.

Thus, most schools in the country have resumed face-to-face classes.

“Taiwan is one of the few places in the world that holds face-to-face classes and at the same time I can honestly say that it’s pretty normal here. It’s like they have the COVID situation under control,” Lorenzo said.

Some scholarship grants offered in Taiwan include those from the Ministry of Education and the International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF).

Apart from undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees, the Taiwan government also offers Huayu Enrichment Scholarship to those who wish to learn the Chinese language. MNP (with reports from Amiel Pascual)

Taiwan lifts facility-based quarantine for arriving travelers from the Philippines

Marje Pelayo   •   November 5, 2020

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Travelers arriving from the Philippines will no longer be forced to stay in a quarantine facility once they land in Taiwan, the country’s Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Wednesday (November 4).

Starting Monday (November 9), all passengers arriving from the Philippines may undergo the mandatory 14-day quarantine and one-week-self health management at home as announced.

The agency further announced that the government will also stop requiring a COVID-19 test at the end of the quarantine period once the traveler from the Philippines shows no symptoms of the disease.

The easing of restrictions was based on the recorded slowdown in COVID-19 infections in the Philippines.

Meanwhile, the agency stressed that travelers from the Philippines who develop symptoms of COVID-19 before arrival to Taiwan must inform health authorities of their condition upon arrival as they will be required to have a COVID-19 test if necessary.

Starting November 9, only those passengers who will show symptoms of COVID-19 within 14 days prior to their arrival to Taiwan will be quarantined in a government-managed facility as they will be given two COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests within a 24 hours interval.

They will only be allowed to quarantine at home of at a hotel if both tests yield negative results.

Taiwan requires mandatory quarantine for travelers from PH starting August 12

Marje Pelayo   •   August 11, 2020

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The government of Taiwan imposed a new quarantine policy for travelers arriving from the Philippines starting Wednesday (August 12). 

The country’s Health Ministry announced the new regulation on Sunday (August 9) prompted by the rising number of imported coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases from the Philippines, according to the latest report of the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The CECC reported that five percent of all arrivals from the Philippines between July 16 to August 8 tested positive for COVID-19 in comparison with only 0.03 percent for those coming from other parts of the world.

Under the new regulation, all travelers from the Philippines will be transported upon arrival to official quarantine locations to serve the 14-day mandatory quarantine period. 

This applies to Taiwanese citizens, resident permit holders, migrant workers, international students, and diplomatic officials. 

The 14-day stay in the quarantine facility will  incur a fee of NT$1,500 equivalent to US$51 (P2,500) per day except for  Taiwanese citizens and resident permit holders whose expenses will be shouldered by the government. MNP (with reports from Amiel Pascual)

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