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Communities in mountains warned over landslides

The government yesterday raised an alarm over landslides in mountainous regions as meteorologists predicted that heavy downpours would last for at least another week.

The Soil and Water Conservation Bureau (SWCB) said it will continue to monitor rainfall around the island, and will ask local authorities to evacuate people from areas where landslides are likely to occur.

The SWCB said it has stepped up efforts to prevent landslides, and an emergency response team will be formed to support local authorities when situations arise.

The Central Weather Bureau has pointed that the "plum" rain system is expected to linger over Taiwan for at least another week, and there are chances of torrential rains in any part of the island.

Huang Yao-ming, head of the SWCB, urged people living in the mountains to stay alert.

He said all landslide warnings are posted real-time on the government disaster-prevention website and its Facebook page. Smart phone users can also receive the alerts through apps.

Huang also asked people to report landslides by calling 0800-246-246, or by posting information on the Facebook page.

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