President Tsai Ing-wen has expressed her concern over the severe flooding that has affected Japan's southwestern island of Kyushu.
At least three people are confirmed to have died and 20 people are missing after heavy rainfall on Wednesday caused rivers to burst their banks. Some 400,000 people have been forced to leave their homes, mainly in Fukuoka and Oita prefectures.
Presidential Office spokesperson Alex Huang relayed the president's message on Friday:
"The president has been very concerned after learning [of the flooding]. This morning her concerns were expressed through Presidential Office secretary-general Joseph Wu to the head of the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association, Mikio Numata. The president and the people of Taiwan express their deepest concern and condolences. The secretary-general also conveyed to Mr Numata that we are willing to offer any assistance and hope the affected area can return to normal as soon as possible," said Huang.
The BBC has reported that more than 7,000 rescue workers, including police officers and soldiers, have been sent to the affected area.
Source: Radio Taiwan International