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Military ready to provide rescue assistance as Typhoon Soudelor nears

Military ready to provide rescue assistance as Typhoon Soudelor nears

Taipei, Aug. 6 (CNA) The military said Thursday that it has opened an emergency center and mobilized servicemen for disaster relief operations as Typhoon Soudelor nears and threatens to dump heavy rainfall around Taiwan beginning Friday. The Central Weather Bureau issued a sea warning earlier Thursday and a land warning in the evening. Amid the approaching storm, the Ministry of National Defense said in a statement that more than 32,000 servicemen have been placed on standby to provide any necessary relief and rescue assistance. Two S-70C rescue helicopters, 6 UH-1H choppers, one C-130 transport plane, and two CH-47SD helicopters are also ready to be dispatched as needed, the ministry said. It added that more than 2,200 military vehicles, 137 inflatable boats and 435 water pumps can be made available for rescues. Soudelor is solid in structure and may continue growing and it could make landfall somewhere between Hualien and Taitung in eastern Taiwan Friday afternoon or evening, weather forecasters said. On the storm's current path, it could sweep across central Taiwan on Saturday before heading toward China, according to the weather bureau. Strong winds and heavy rain are likely islandwide, and those in mountainous areas should be prepared for extreme torrential rains, the bureau said. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-18 01:28 GMT+08:00