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4,000 soldiers mobilized to carry out post-typhoon relief missions: MND

More than 4,000 soldiers and nearly 200 military vehicles have been mobilized to provide rescue and relief assistance to areas hit by Typhoon Saola, which was downgraded to a tropical storm one day earlier, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said in a statement yesterday.

The military has helicopters on standby to meet rescue and relief

needs, it added.

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

The ministry also said that it will continue to assist in cleaning up and restoring the roads in eastern county of Hualien, where a total of seven townships were hit by floods and mudslides, and were in desperate need of help.

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

The Central Weather Bureau lifted its land warning for the main island earlier in the day, as Saola moved away from the island toward Fujian province in mainland China.

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