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Taiwan braces for powerful Typhoon Tembin

More than 1,000 residents have been evacuated from mountainous areas of Taiwan as a powerful typhoon approaches the island, threatening to dump rains that could unleash deadly landslides.
Local residents who were moved from an area prone to mudslides receive food at an evacuation centre in Showlin, eastern Hualien, ahead of the arrival of Typhoon Tembin. (Sam Yeh/AFP Photo/Getty Images)

More than 1,000 residents have been evacuated from mountainous areas of Taiwan as a powerful typhoon approaches the island, threatening to dump rains that could unleash deadly landslides.

The military says thousands of soldiers equipped with dozens of rubber boats and amphibious vehicles are ready to help with relief.

The Central Weather Bureau says Typhoon Tembin was located about 250 kilometres off Taitung county in southeastern Taiwan on Thursday, packing winds of 144 kilometres per hour.

It says slow-moving Tembin may make landfall early Friday and predicts up to 1 metre of rain in several eastern counties.

Farmers were harvesting to save their produce, and flights to the east were suspended. Outdoor events to mark a special Taiwanese Valentine's Day on Thursday were cancelled

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