Taiwan military rescues some 260 from mudslide

The mudslide touched off by Typhoon Morakot inundated the remote mountain village of Shiao Lin, leaving at least 400 people unaccounted for.

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August 11, 2009 10:45
Taiwan military rescues some 260 from mudslide

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TV stations say Taiwan's military has rescued about 260 people from the area around a village that was struck by a typhoon-triggered mudslide, but there is no word on the fate of scores of others buried by the disaster in the island's south. The mudslide touched off by Typhoon Morakot inundated the remote mountain village of Shiao Lin on Sunday, leaving at least 400 people unaccounted for. The storm dumped as much as 80 inches (two meters) of rain on the island before moving on to China. On Tuesday, authorities said at least 41 people were confirmed dead and 60 were missing after Morakot swept across Taiwan. Those tolls do not include the residents of Shiao Lin, whose fate has been unclear since Sunday's mudslide.

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