HUALIEN  - Taiwan on Wednesday placed 48,000 soldiers on standby and evacuated 300 villagers areas as Typhoon Tembin bears down on the island. The move comes after the Central Weather Bureau warned the public to "take special precaution against landslides and flash floods and stay away from low-lying areas as Typhoon Tembin is expected to bring heavy rains". Tembin was expected to make landfall early Friday morning, later than the bureau's previous forecast, as it slowed down the past few hours, said the official.