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Military continues to provide assistance to areas battered by Saola

2012/08/03 14:38:51

Taipei, Aug. 3 (CNA) The military said Friday it has thousands of soldiers and hundreds of vehicles ready to provide further rescue and relief assistance to areas hit by Typhoon Saola, which was downgraded to a tropical storm a day earlier.

The Ministry of National Defense said in a statement that it plans to mobilize 4,099 servicemen and 195 military vehicles throughout the day to help clean up areas damaged by floods and mudslides.

Helicopters are also on standby to meet rescue and relief needs, the ministry added.

Saola has brought extreme rainfall to the island over the past two days, flooding many areas in eastern, northern and southern Taiwan.

The ministry said it will continue to assist in cleaning up and restoring the roads in the eastern county of Hualien, which was badly affected by the storm.

It has also deployed soldiers and vehicles to areas in northern areas such as Taipei, Taoyuan, Hsinchu to help clean-up work in the wake the storm, the ministry said.

The Central Weather Bureau lifted its land warning for Taiwan proper earlier in the day, as Saola moved away from the island and entered Fujian Province in China.

Most areas in Taiwan can expect much milder weather from Friday, but chances of downpours remain in northern and central Taiwan, according to the bureau.

(By Elaine Hou)
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