The military is helping with recovery efforts across northern Taiwan as Typhoon Maria leaves the island.
The defense ministry has close to 1,900 troops and around 100 vehicles on hand for recovery work, along with armored vehicles and rubber boats.
On Wednesday, Defense Minister Yen Teh-fa commended the military’s work with local governments during the storm. Speaking on behalf of President Tsai Ing-wen, he praised soldiers and officers for helping with evacuations and delivering supplies.
However, he said the military must stay in touch with local authorities and work to bring affected areas back to normal. Troops are being dispatched to areas across northern Taiwan for work that includes cleanup operations, clearing fallen trees from roads, and removing sandbags.