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Military ready to provide assistance as Typhoon Tembin reapproaches

Military ready to provide assistance as Typhoon Tembin reapproaches

Taipei, Aug. 27 (CNA) The military said Monday that it has opened an emergency command center and has thousands of servicemen ready for disaster relief operations as Typhoon Tembin reapproaches Taiwan. More than 41,000 soldiers are on standby to provide relief and rescue assistance, the Ministry of National Defense said in a statement released after a land warning was issued for the typhoon earlier in the day. A total of 48 amphibious vehicles and 20 inflatable boats are ready to be dispatched as needed, the statement said. The Central Weather Bureau predicted that strong winds and heavy rains will be felt in eastern Taiwan and southern Taiwan. It warned residents in Pingtung, Kaohsiung, Tainan, Taitung and outlying Green Island and Orchid Island to take precautions. The impact of Tembin could be felt in southern and eastern Taiwan starting Monday afternoon, and residents in central and northern parts could start to be affected later in the day, the bureau said. As of 1 p.m., Tembin was located 280 kilometers west-southwest of Eluanbi, off the southernmost tip of Taiwan, the bureau said. Tembin, which made landfall Aug. 24, brought heavy rains and flooding to parts of eastern and southern Taiwan, the bureau said. Tembin has been hovering in the Taiwan Strait and the Bashi Channel, and is now moving toward Taiwan again, the bureau said. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-08-06 00:29 GMT+08:00