Rescue Efforts Continue in Taiwan: 1,000 Survivors Found
Around 1,000 survivors have been found that were feared buried by mudslides caused by Typhoon Morakot in southern Taiwan. The Taiwanese government is sending over 4,000 more soldiers to accelerate rescues. It is certain that at least 70 have been killed in the disaster, according to the BBC. About 80 inches of rainfall fell in Taiwan over the weekend - 40 times as much as as expected over a normal rainy couple of days.
Military helicopters have been airlifting some of the survivors to safety, and dropping provisions for others. Continuing rain has hampered their efforts.
President Ma Ying-jeou visited the rescue center in Qishan and assured those waiting for news of loved ones that every effort would be made to rescue them.
Nearly 1,000 people were found alive in a cluster of villages flattened by muddy landslides, and survivors have recounted the horror of watching their homes vanish.
Despite the President’s assurances, the helicopters required for the rescue effort appear to be scarce. Family members of missing persons have been converging on the city of Hsiaolin from neighboring areas and demanding that helicopters be sent to help their villages too.
The search for survivors has been a slow process as the only way in and out of the villages is by helicopter, our correspondent adds.