Taipei, Aug. 26 (CNA) The military said Sunday that it will mobilize thousands of servicemen and dozens of military vehicles during the day to continue the clean-up in areas in eastern and southern Taiwan that were battered by Typhoon Tembin. More than 2,400 soldiers, 70 military vehicles and eight water pumps will be sent to help residents in Pintung, Hualien and Taitung counties to clean up the flooded areas, the Ministry of National Defense said in a statement.
Tembin, which made landfall Friday, brought heavy rains to parts of eastern and southern Taiwan, the Central Weather Bureau said. It also triggered the heaviest rain in 100 years in Hengchuen Township, Pintung, the bureau added. Over the past few days, the military has helped to evacuate 4,560 residents in disaster-prone areas and also removed five tons of mud from streets, the statement said. Tembin has been blowing near the Taiwan Strait and the Bashi Channel and is again moving toward Taiwan, the bureau said. The bureau issued a sea warning at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday for Tembin, which was again upgraded from a tropical storm to a typhoon. Further, the military will be on guard and remain on standby to provide rescue and relief assistance as needed, the ministry said. (By Elaine Hou)