By: Wendy Lee, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
Days of torrential rain in eastern Taiwan due to the effects of the outer periphery of Typhoon Aere has
caused severe and widespread damage in Taitung and Hualien Counties.
Presidential spokesperson Alex Huang on Monday stated that President Tsai Ing-wen has called on the Ministry of National Defense (MND) to carry out disaster relief operations, and has also asked the Executive Yuan to back up the rescue efforts.
Taitung has been hit the hardest by typhoons this year, with multiple areas suffering from frequent flooding and local roads severely damaged as a result.
The relentless heavy rains also caused some bridges in Hualien and Taitung to collapse, leading to closure of several roads connecting local villages with highways. [FULL STORY]