Over 1,000 evacuated as precaution to storm: Defense Ministry
CNATAIPEI--The military helped evacuate more than 1,000 residents in northern and eastern Taiwan to ensure their safety Wednesday as Tropical Storm Trami lashed the island, the Ministry of National Defense said late in the day.
August 23, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
A total of 1,332 residents were taken to safety from disaster-prone areas in the northern county of Miaoli and the eastern counties of Yilan and Hualien, the ministry said.
The military will continue to be on standby in case assistance is needed for any relief or rescue operations, it said.
The Central Weather Bureau cautioned that torrential rain will continue around Taiwan and its outlying islands on Thursday, even as the storm moves away and into China.
Trami brought heavy rains around Taiwan Wednesday, leaving nine reported injuries and around 5,000 homes without power as of the evening, according to the Central Emergency Operation Center.
Over 52,000 servicemen were on standby around the country that day to handle rescue and recovery work, according to the ministry.
Japan Offers Sympathy to Taiwan
Japan's deputy representative to Taiwan has extended his sympathy to the Taiwanese nationals affected by Tropical Storm Trami, which brought heavy rains across Taiwan on Wednesday and left nine reported injuries, Japan's Interchange Association said.
Yusuke Sami, deputy representative of the association's TaipeiOffice, wrote the remarks in a letter sent Thursday to Lee Chia-chin, chairman of Taiwan's Association of East Asian Relations, which handles ties with Japan in the absence of formal diplomatic relations.
Sami wishes for those affected by the storm to return to their normal lives as soon as possible, said the Interchange Association, which represents Japanese interests in Taiwan in the absence of formalities.
Tropical Storm Trami brought heavy rains across Taiwan Wednesday, leaving nine reported injuries and around 5,000 homes without power, according to the Central Emergency Operation Center.