Parts of Taiwan on ‘red alert’ for landslides as typhoon hits

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Parts of Taiwan on ‘red alert’ for landslides

A “red alert” mudslide warning has been issued to residents living in Taoyuan City and Hsinchu County Tuesday, while a yellow mudslide warning was in effect for residents in Yilan, Hualien, Taitung, Kaohsiung, and Pingtung.

Typhoon Megi has made landfall in eastern Taiwan on Tuesday morning around 5 a.m., bringing heavy rains and strong winds across the island.

Residents living in Yilan, Hualien, Taitung, Kaohsiung, and Pingtung are being warned of extremely torrential rains during the day, while other regions in Taiwan are expected to experience heavy rains.

Meanwhile, Council of Agriculture (COA) under the Executive Yuan on Tuesday morning has issued a red alert mudslide warning to people living in Taoyuan City and Hsinchu County, as the typhoon could bring serious landslides and flooding to these areas.

Five other cities and counties, including Yilan, Hualien, Taitung, Kaohsiung, and Pingtung, were on yellow alert with rain expected to continue throughout the day.

Under the red-level mudslide alert, local governments have the authority to handle evacuations. People living in the areas of concern will be evacuated immediately if the situation worsens, the COA said.