Taipei, Chiayi County was struggling to cope Friday after it was hit with more than 500 millimeters of rainfall over the past 24 hours because of a tropical depression passing through southern Taiwan.
Chiayi County Magistrate Chang Hua-kuan (???) said flooding was seen in 47 areas in 11 townships, including 22 schools, and 627 police officers have been deployed for disaster relief efforts.
She said the Chiayi government is closely monitoring 87 mudslide-prone streams and rivers that have been given a red alert, meaning that the rainfall has exceeded the rivers' respective abilities to absorb the water flow.
In a video conference with Chang, President Tsai Ing-wen (???) urged cooperation between the central government and Chiayi County, after the heavy rains forced the evacuation of 156 residents, with another 134 in shelters.
In terms of the general emergency response in central and southern Taiwan, the Ministry of National Defense said it has mobilized 37,000 soldiers who are on standby for any necessary rescue and relief operations in those regions.
In addition, the 47 AAV-7 amphibious assault vehicles from the Marine Corps have been deployed, with another 5,000 aircraft and vehicles ready, the ministry said.
Premier Lai Ching-te (???) has asked government authorities at all levels to be ready for emergencies, and urged local governments to pay attention to environmental hygiene to prevent the spread of diseases such as dengue fever.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel