Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau issued heavy to extremely heavy rain warnings covering most of Taiwan this evening as a “meiyu front” approaches.
Three counties on the east coast have been spared the warning, although Taitung County has been issued a strong wind advisory. Coastal communities from New Taipei City to Chiayi County on the west coast, along with Kinmen, Matsu, and Penghu Islands have also been issued with strong wind advisories.
The Ministry of Defense is preparing inflatable boats, rescue helicopters, amphibious vehicles, and other equipment in coordination with the disaster response center, which went into operation at 6:00pm this evening, June 13, an hour after the weather warnings were issued.
In Taipei City, Mayor Ke Wenje said sandbags were being made available in flood-prone districts, and pumps and other equipment were being prepared in case of flooding.
Earlier today, Taiwan Water Corporation urged residents of central and southern counties to store water, as the heavy rain may cause turbidity in the reticulated water supply.
The weather bureau warned that the rainy front may influence Taiwan for 5 days or more.