Troops on standby as heavy rain continues

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2017-06-17

The military says it has around 18,000 troops on standby as heavy rain continues to blanket parts of

A stretch of road in Kaohsiung’s mountain interior closed due to bad weather. (CNA) (Photo Courtesy Directorate General of Highways)


As of Saturday afternoon, 35 military personnel have been sent to mountainous areas of Kaohsiung to help should evacuations be ordered. In addition to troops, the military also says that it has several thousand vehicles, boats, and pieces of equipment at the ready.

Another wave of the seasonal “plum rains” that affect Taiwan during the early summer began to pass over the island Monday. Rainfall is expected to continue until next Wednesday. The Central Weather Bureau said Saturday that mountainous areas in central and southern Taiwan will see torrential rain while the island’s low-lying western half can expect occasional downpours.    [FULL  STORY]

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