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Mainland expresses condolences to rainstorm-hit Taiwan compatriots

Updated: 06 12 , 2017 15:15
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BEIJING, June 3 -- A Chinese mainland spokesperson on Saturday expressed concern and condolences to those living in Taiwan who were affected by the recent heavy rain.

The mainland has paid close attention to the life and property safety of compatriots in Taiwan, mourns the death of the victims, and is concerned about all who were affected, said Ma Xiaoguang, spokesperson for the State Council's Taiwan Affairs Office.

Ma said the mainland will continue to follow the situation.

As of 11 p.m. Friday, at least three people had been confirmed dead, two missing and 35 others injured after heavy rain hit large parts of Taiwan with the arrival of a strong southwesterly airstream.

About 1,000 people were relocated or accommodated in temporary shelters, over 26,000 homes were without power or water, and 302 flights were canceled or delayed, date from the island's emergency operation center showed.

The southwesterly airstream is expected to leave Sunday, but rain is likely to continue until Monday, according to the island's weather bureau.

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