Over 100 killed by Morakot in Taiwan

At least 107 people were killed in floods and landslides caused by Typhoon Morakot which ravaged Taiwan over the weekend. Hundreds of people are still missing in remote villages in the south of the country.


AFP - At least 107 people were killed and 61 others remained missing in the floods and landslides triggered by Typhoon Morakot in Taiwan over the weekend, the National Fire Agency said early Thursday.

Four more bodies were discovered in southern Taiwan late Wednesday, the agency said, after 32 people were found buried under mudslides in a remote mountain hot spring area in Liukuei, Kaohsiung county.

Roads out of the area had been completely cut off by overflowing rivers and mudslides, rescuers said.

Of the dead, 60 were found in the worst-hit Kaohsiung county alone, said the agency.

Taiwan's military Wednesday began the helicopter rescue of nearly 1,000 people who were found alive in a cluster of villages flattened by landslides in another part of Kaohsiung, it said

At least 45 people were injured as the typhoon lashed the island with a record three metres (118 inches) of rain, submerging houses, streets and destroying bridges.

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