All-out effort to safeguard public safety during Typhoon Pakhar

The Chief Executive, Mr Chui Sai On, convenes a meeting at the Civil Protection Action Centre to direct emergency measures in response to Typhoon Pakhar.

The Chief Executive, Mr Chui Sai On had – during the period that Typhoon Signal No. 8 was hoisted today for Typhoon Pakhar – ordered the Government to make an all-out effort to protect the safety of the public, with a view in particular to ensuring no secondary damage occurred in areas previously hit by Typhoon Hato.

Typhoon Signal No. 8 was issued at 6am. The Chief Executive convened an initial emergency meeting at 6.30am at the Civil Protection Action Centre to direct emergency measures in response to Typhoon Pakhar. The tropical cyclone struck Macao four days after Typhoon Hato, the strongest recorded storm in Macao for 53 years.

During preparations for the arrival of Typhoon Pakhar, Mr Chui ordered the Civil Protection Action Centre and appropriate public departments to adopt contingency plans to maintain steady supply of water and power as well as of telecommunication services.

Mr Chui stressed that public departments needed to seize the opportunity – once today’s Typhoon Signal No.8 was lowered – to speed up the work to recover from Typhoon Hato and restore community life to normal as soon as possible..

Following the 6.30am meeting, Mr Chui observed the real-time incident information platform in the Civil Protection Action Centre, to gain a better understanding of the situation on the streets during today’s typhoon.

During the seven hours that Macao spent under the Typhoon Signal No. 8 today, the Chief Executive called three work meetings of the Civil Protection Action Centre in order to gain the latest information about the impact of Typhoon Pakhar.

The Deputy Chief of General Staff of the People’s Liberation Army Macao Garrison, Mr Gao Zhijun, was among those attending the Civil Protection Action Centre today to give an update on the Macao Garrison’s support for the Government’s relief effort.

Government officials also attending the Centre today included: the Secretary for Security, Mr Wong Sio Chak; the Secretary for Transport and Public Works, Mr Raimundo do Rosário; the Commissioner-General of the Unitary Police Service, Mr Ma Io Kun; the Chief-of-Office of the Chief Executive’s Office, Ms O Lam; the Commissioner of the Public Security Police Force, Mr Leong Man Cheong; the Commissioner of the Fire Services Bureau, Mr Leong Iok Sam; the President of the Administrative Council of the Civic Municipal Affairs Bureau, Mr José Maria da Fonseca Tavares; the Director of the Government Information Bureau, Mr Chan Chi Ping; the Director of the Land, Public Works and Transport Bureau, Mr Li Canfeng; the Director of the Office for the Development of the Energy Sector, Mr Hoi Chi Leong; the Director of the Health Bureau, Mr Lei Chin Ion; the Director of the Marine and Water Bureau, Ms Wong Soi Man; the President of the Civil Aviation Authority, Mr Chan Weng Hong; as well as representatives from the Macao Customs Service, the Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau, the Companhia de Electricidade de Macau (CEM), the Macao Water Supply Company , and Companhia de Telecomunicações de Macau (CTM).

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