Miracle Escape: 1,000 found safe from Taiwan typhoon
Miracle escape from Morakot: 1,000 found safe after landslides obliterate their villages in Taiwan typhoon
Rescuers have found nearly 1,000 people alive in the area around three remote Taiwanese villages devastated by Typhoon Morakot.
Hundreds more are missing and feared dead in Kaohsiung county, which bore the brunt of the storm.
other areas of the country were hit hard, rescuers were focusing their
efforts on Kaohsiung, believing most of those unaccounted for could be
Damaged buildings are seen today after Typhoon Morakot swept Kaohsiung county, southern Taiwan
Taiwanese people run out of a rescue helicopter
after fleeing from the flooded village of Namaxia following Typhoon
But continuing heavy rains were wreaking havoc on their efforts.
Today, only a few dozen army
helicopters were able to ferry survivors to safety in Cishan, where a
makeshift landing zone was set on at a school.
The day before 300 people who escaped mudslides and still looked dazed were plucked from Shiao Lin village and its surroundings.
Since that rescue, another 270 people have been spotted near the village, which was destroyed by a mudslide Sunday.
Major General Hu Jui-chou said 500 survivors were also found in Min Tzu and 200 in Chin He.
A farmer keeps ducks in the submerged kitchen
in the flooded Pingyao town in east China's Zhejiang province
yesterday. China says over 11 million people are affected by the
disasters brought by the typhoon
A man walks along the bank of a river filled
with wood and debris washed down by Typhoon Morakot in Chishen,
Kaohsiung county, southern Taiwan, today
Morakot, which means ‘emerald’ in
the Thai language, struck the Philippines, Taiwan and China and left at
least 93 people dead, most of them in Taiwan.
The official death toll in Taiwan is
61, but that figure is likely to rise substantially once the search for
survivors has ended.
More than 80in of rain was dumped on
the island before moving on to China, where authorities evacuated
1.5million people and some 10,000 homes were destroyed.
A major concern for relief officials remained Shiao Lin, cut off from the outside world since Sunday’s mudslides.
Video taken by TV station ETTV
showed the village buried in tons of mud and rubbles, with only two of
its structures left standing.
Flooding and landslides caused by Typhoon
Morakot have also affected China. Here, people get a ride on a
bulldozer driving through a flooded area in Cangnan county, in east
China's Zhejiang province, yesterday
‘The place is finished,’ he said. ‘There is no way I could return.’
Outside of Taiwan, Morakot also claimed 22 lives in the Philippines.
After pummeling Taiwan, Morakot
slammed into China’s Fujian province, bringing heavy rain and winds of
74mph, according to the China Meteorological Administration.
It said direct economic losses have been estimated at 9.7 billion yuan (£850million).