Power Outage Causes Chaos in South 南部多處突大停電 店家生意停擺

Meanwhile, restaurants and convenience stores didn't know when the power would return and were afraid to open refrigerators. Many also saw a steep decline in business.


Borough Chief Broadcast: “The reason for the power outage is still under investigation. Please don't panic.”

 A borough chief walked around a community and used a loudspeaker to inform residents about the situation. A power outage struck all of Taiwan on the morning of March 3. Some stores had only opened their metal gates halfway when the power went out, forcing delivery persons to stoop in order to enter and exit. Many restaurants were afraid to open their refrigerators to prevent food from spoiling as they had no idea when the power would return. They also had no way of knowing whether they would be able to serve lunch customers.

Restaurant Proprietor: “We have no idea when the power will be back. We can only wait and see if Taipower can finish repairs quickly.”

Restaurant Proprietor: “If the power outage lasts a long time, then food in the refrigerator will completely spoil.”

At beverage shops, personnel placed ice cubes inside a big pot and put the pot in the fridge to keep the ice cold. As noon approached and temperatures rose, people were forced to seek shelter from the sun under arcades or inside convenience stores without electricity. At one cinema, the power went out less than five minutes after one film started. The audience had no choice but to leave.

Moviegoer: “The power suddenly went out halfway through the film. We had no idea what was going on. Suddenly, the emergency lights went on.”

Business at various types of establishments was impacted. There were also chaotic scenes at intersections as traffic lights were not working. Drivers didn't know whether to drive or stop. Cars even got stuck at an intersection near Kaohsiung Medical University. Kaohsiung Light Rail, Kaohsiung Metro, and Taiwan Railways all suspended services.

Kuo Sheng-nien, Deputy Stationmaster, Tainan Railway Station: “The power went out everywhere, and there was no electricity to power trains. We had to wait until Taipower restored the power.”

Chaotic scenes were reported all across Taiwan, and people's daily lives were severely impacted. Many businesses worried about the resulting losses, and said they hoped the power would be restored soon so that they could get on with their work.

 

 

 

里長廣播:「停電原因還在調查,請大家不要恐慌。」里長提著音箱走進社區大樓廣播,全台3日上午突然大停電,有店家鐵門開到一半就沒電,送貨的人只能彎腰進去;不知道電何時恢復,很多餐廳不敢開冰箱,就怕食材壞掉,廚房整個黑漆漆的,不知道中午還能不能做生意。

牛肉麵店店家說:「也不知道什麼時候電會恢復啊,對啊,所以我們就是說看台電能不能盡快搶修這樣。」

早餐店店家表示:「若是停久了,冰箱的東西就都壞光光了。」

冰箱沒電,飲料店員把冰塊裝進大鍋,放在冰箱降溫。接近中午,氣溫逐漸升高,民眾只能在騎樓或沒電的超商乘涼,而百貨影城內,電影才開始不到五分鐘就停電,觀眾只能無奈離場。

影城觀眾提到:「我們看到一半它就突然跳電,然後我們也很傻眼,不知道為什麼就突然開燈啊。」

不只餐廳、影城生意停擺,因為號誌不亮,許多路段都看到汽車在路口,不知道該停下來還是前進,高醫附近路段還有汽車卡在路口,輕軌、捷運跟台鐵也全都停擺。

台南火車站副站長郭勝年表示:「全省停電,那個火車電車線都沒電了,要等台電復電。」

突然的停電讓全台民生、交通大亂,嚴重影響民眾正常生活,特別是店家就怕不能做生意會損失慘重,就希望電力趕快恢復,讓他們能恢復營業。

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