Taiwan prepares for possible deluge as plum rains expected to fall for at least a week

The Ministry of Defense dispatched amphibious vehicles and inflatable boats to flood prone areas around the country today as meteorologists warned of possible disaster level rains this week.

A heavy rain advisory warning was issued by the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) at 9:00 pm Monday forecasting heavy rain starting from Monday night to Tuesday in Keelung City, New Taipei City, Kaohsiung City, and Pingtung County.

The confluence of a stationary front and southwest monsoonal winds forms a typical East Asian rainy season weather pattern that will create rainy conditions for at least a week, with peak rainfall expected from Thursday to Saturday.

A chart from the National Disaster Prevention and Technology Center (NCDR) showing forecast rain intensity from Tuesday, May 19 to Sunday, May 24.

Meteorologist Peng Chi-ming pointed out that a “typical” plum rain front hasn’t been seen in Taiwan for three years, with the last incident occurring June 17, 2017 (see report: Thousands Evacuated, Army on Standby as Heavy Rain Pounds Taiwan). A typical plum rain front also occurred June 2, 2017 (See report: Torrential Rain Lashes Taiwan).

The Ministry of Defense, Monday, dispatched 4 AAV-7 amphibious assault vehicles, and 4 inflatable boats to various vulnerable areas in Taoyuan City, New Taipei City, and Yilan County, in preparation for possible disaster relief operations.

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