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Military ready to provide rescue assistance as storm nears
Central News Agency
2014-06-15 05:42 PM
Taipei, June 15 (CNA) The military said Sunday that it has opened an emergency center and mobilized thousands of servicemen for disaster relief operations as Tropical Storm Hagibis approaches and threatens to dump heavy rains on Taiwan. The Central Weather Bureau has issued a sea warning for Hagibis and warned that eastern and southern Taiwan should be on guard against torrential rains brought by the storm, which is forecast to make landfall in southern China on Sunday night. More than 17,308 servicemen have been placed on standby to provide any necessary relief and rescue assistance, and 13 airplanes, 121 boats and thousands of military vehicles and equipment are ready to be deployed, the Ministry of National Defense said. "The military will continue to closely follow the situation and strengthen relief preparations to help local governments in providing timely relief assistance," the ministry said. Although the storm is expected to spare Taiwan, the circulating currents on its rim are expected to bring downpours to southern parts of Taiwan, and Orchid Island and Green Island off the coast of eastern Taiwan, the bureau said. The bureau also warned residents of outlying Kinmen and Penghu counties of heavy rain. As of 2 p.m. Sunday, the storm was centered 250 kilometers southwest of Kinmen, moving in a northerly direction at a speed of 13 km per hour. The seventh storm formed during the 2014 Pacific typhoon season, Hagibis is packing maximum sustained winds of 72 kilometers per hour, with gusts reaching 101 kph, the bureau said. (By Elaine Hou)
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