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Military camps ready to shelter evacuees as typhoon nears

2012/08/01 12:36:37

Taipei, Aug. 1 (CNA) Taiwan's military has more than 100 military camps on standby to accommodate people evacuated from disaster-prone areas as Typhoon Saola approaches.

The military sites can hold up to 53,272 evacuees, the Ministry of National Defense said in a statement issued late Tuesday.

More than 47,000 servicemen are also ready to respond to emergencies and meet disaster rescue and relief needs, and over 3,000 military vehicles, 486 water pumps, 37 aircraft and other equipment are ready to be deployed if needed, the statement said.

The ministry said in another statement Wednesday that it helped evacuated 132 residents in eastern counties of Yilan and Hualien a day earlier.

The Central Weather Bureau issued a land warning for Typhoon Saola late Tuesday and predicted torrential rainfall in eastern Taiwan and the outlying Green Island and Orchid Island.

On Wednesday morning, the bureau issued an update that most areas around the island should be on guard and take precautions against torrential rainfall and gusty winds.

Because of its mountainous terrain, Taiwan is highly vulnerable to landslides and flooding during major storms, and residents living in mountain areas in a storm's path are often evacuated as a safety precaution.

(By Elaine Hou)