Taiwan military readies for disaster relief as flood season looms

More than 39,000 troops will be on call for disaster management operations

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MND spokesman Chen Chung-chi (陳中吉) (Photo/MND)

MND spokesman Chen Chung-chi (陳中吉) (Photo/MND)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – With the flood season approaching, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) announced plans regarding the island’s disaster preparedness in a press conference on Tuesday (May 14).

In the event of typhoons, a total of 1,844 personnel from Taiwan’s armed forces will be on standby 24 hours prior to the landing of tropical cyclones. The Marine Corps’ amphibious transport squadrons and more than 39,000 troops will be dispatched to townships prone to flooding across Yilan, Taoyuan, Kaohsiung and other municipalities to assist in relief work, according to MND.

Additionally, there are plans for 22 task forces put together by the Army Special Forces Command and Marine Corps which will be dedicated to mountain rescue operations. Members of these units will be equipped with satellite phones, GPS trackers, and radio telephones to help carry out missions involving resident evacuation, information collection, emergency rescue, and rescue navigation, reports Liberty Times.

The defense authorities are also prepping an array of vehicles for service including 2,000 military transportation vehicles, 300 armored fighting vehicles, 11 aircraft, 107 rubber boats, and engineer squad vehicles, along with equipment like excavators and life detectors for relief coordination operations in case of emergencies.