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Japan concerned over impact of heavy rain on Taiwan

2012/06/21 21:33:36

Taipei, June 21 (CNA) Japan is concerned that Taiwan has been battered by heavy rainfall over recent weeks and has suffered great agricultural losses, according to a statement released by Japan's Interchange Association Thursday.

Japan's representative to Taiwan Sumio Tarui sent a letter to Taiwan's Foreign Minister Timothy Yang earlier in the day to show concern over damages triggered by Tropical Storm Talim.

The association represents Japanese interests in Taiwan in the absence of official diplomatic ties between the two countries.

Tarui, head of the Taipei office of the association, also telephoned Liao Liou-yi, chairman of the Association of East Asian Relations under Taiwan's foreign ministry, to offer blessings for the disaster areas.

In response, Liao expressed concern for Japan, which has just had to deal with Typhoon Guchol.

Talim, the first storm to directly hit Taiwan this year, has so far caused agricultural losses totaling NT$744.39 million (US$24.89 million) and disrupted transportation routes around the island.

A total of 4,095 residents have been evacuated from areas prone to flooding and landslides with the assistance of the military, according to a statement released by the Ministry of National Defense.

The Central Weather Bureau downgraded Talim to a tropical depression early on Thursday and lifted both sea and land warnings for Taiwan.

However, the bureau warned of heavy rainfall in areas south of the central city of Taichung, due to strong southwesterly winds.

Chances remain high in central and southern Taiwan for flooding, mudslides and high seas before the weekend, the bureau said.

(By Elaine Hou)