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Asian Tropical Cyclones

By: associated press
By: associated press

BEIJING (AP) - A powerful typhoon forced nearly 1 million people
to flee to safety on China's eastern coast before weakening into a
tropical storm.
Before barreling into China, Morakot triggered the worst
flooding in Taiwan in half a century and killed at least 22 people
in the Philippines.
At least one child died in China after a house collapsed. Xinhua (shihn-wah) News Agency reports hundreds of villages and towns have been flooded and more than 2,000 houses have collapsed. Rescuers are trying to reach eight sailors on a cargo ship blown onto a
reef.
In Taiwan, helicopters dropped food at a mountainous village which was hit by a massive landslide. Taiwan's Disaster Relief
Center says Morakot killed 12 people and another 52 are missing.
The government has set up a task force to coordinate relief work in
the south, where many towns and villages remain inundated by
floodwaters.
UPDATE
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) - A Taiwanese police official says an
estimated 400 people remain unaccounted for in a mountainous
village that was struck by a mudslide spawned by Typhoon Morakot.
The official, surnamed Wang, says about 100 people have been rescued by military helicopter or otherwise avoided the impact of
Sunday morning's mudslide in Shiao Lin village in the south of the
island.
Monday's United Evening News quotes one of the rescued
villagers, Lin Chien-chung, as saying he believes that 600 people
were buried in the mudslide and "that it covered a large part of
the village."
Taiwan's official death toll from Morakot stands at 14. Another 51 - not including the people in Shiao Lin - are listed as missing.


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