Taiwan’s military prepares for Typhoon Megi

The Ministry of National Defense (MND) on Monday mobilized 35,555 soldiers who are now on standby for Typhoon Megi, which is expected to make landfall in eastern Taiwan Tuesday.

The action was taken as the MND set up a disaster response center in preparation for any necessary rescue and relief operations when the storm hits, the ministry said.

The MND said it has also mobilized a total of ground 3,692 vehicles, boats and 14 S-70C helicopters and 123 rubber dinghies in the event of flooding or other damage from the typhoon, which is forecast to hit Taiwan directly Tuesday with winds of up to 191 kilometers per hour.

In addition, 14 AAV-7 amphibious assault vehicles and eight V-150 armored vehicles from the Marine Corps have been deployed to eight locations around the country for nationwide rescue missions, if necessary, according to the MND.

The military's emergency preparations include the deployment of 3,117 soldiers at 120 locations that are prone to landslides and flooding, the MND said, adding that its total emergency troop deployment ahead of the typhoon is 35,555.

It said 92 military camps across country have been designated as storm shelters in the event of evacuations before and during the storm.

As of 3:00 p.m. Monday, Megi was centered 530 kilometers east-southeast of Hualien, moving west-northwest at 22 kilometers per hour on direct path to Taiwan, Central Weather Bureau (CWB) data showed.

The typhoon was packing maximum sustained winds of 155 kph, with gusts of up to 191 kph, according to the bureau, which has issued land and sea warnings for the storm.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel