Between 2.5 million and 2.8 million vehicles are expected to swarm the national freeway system on Friday as the people of Taiwan take advantage of the four-day Mid-Autumn Festival to travel, the National Freeway Bureau predicted yesterday.
Taiwan's Defense Ministry announced that it would soon introduce a "weekend warrior" program to boost the nation's combat readiness.
As the nation inspects the damage caused by the Severe Typhoon Meranti on Thursday, the Central Weather Bureau warned of torrential rains in cities along the northeast coast as Typhoon Malakas veers close.
Police have arrested eight suspects who allegedly participated in an Yilan-based telephone fraud targeting mainland Chinese victims, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) said. Police arrested the eight suspects, including the alleged ringleader, in a raid conducted on Aug. 23 in Yilan's Sansing Township.
As Typhoon Meranti roared through southern Taiwan, Typhoon Malakas veered toward the northeast coast.
Officials seized over 50,000 kilograms of expired produce after raiding two Kaohsiung food suppliers on Wednesday.
Typhoon Meranti's movement across southern Taiwan on Wednesday caused rail delays and cancellations. The extreme weather conditions continue to create difficulties for travelers ahead of the Mid-Autumn Festival holiday weekend.
Tropical Storm Malakas, which was located some 1,470 kilometers southeast of Taiwan's southernmost tip as of 1 p.m. Wednesday, could strengthen into a typhoon later that day, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Wednesday.
Premier Lin Chuan said that the government has made it a priority to revitalize Taiwan's audiovisual media industry, saying that the first and most important step is to keep domestic talent in the field at home.
Residents are bracing for a stormy Mid-Autumn Festival as Strong Typhoon Meranti heads toward Taiwan.