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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Typhoon Mudslide Buried 390 People Alive in Taiwan Village

Thousands of people are still stranded by the worst mudslides and floods after Typhoon Morakot. Photo by

More than 390 people are believed to have been buried alive in the village worst affected by a massive mudslide caused by Typhoon Morakot.

A National Fire Agency disaster relief center spokesman told the BBC of the fears for Hsiaolin Village.

This is the first time the government has released a firm estimate on the number of people they believe might have been killed.

Thousands of people are still stranded by the worst mudslides and floods.

The typhoon struck Taiwan at the weekend, causing the worst flooding in 50 years, and leaving at least 116 people confirmed dead. The floods have washed out roads, snapped bridges and sent low-rise buildings crashing into rivers, the disaster agency says.

Hundreds of survivors have been airlifted from Hsiaolin village, which was hit by a massive mudslide that covered all but two houses, cutting off road and telecommunication links.

The Taiwanese government said it had received offers of help from the international community, including the European Union and the United States.


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