Tue, August 11, 2009
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Deadly Typhoon Morakot Batters Southeast Asia

2009-08-11 02:36:23 GMT2009-08-11 10:36:23 (Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Typhoon Morakot causes the King-Shai hotel to collapse.

Flooding in Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Typhoon Morakot slammed into Taiwan and eastern China on the weekend, leaving 14 people in Taiwan dead, 32 injured and about 450 others unaccounted for, according to government statistics. At least 25 people were killed in the Philippines and six more in China before Morakot weakened to a tropical storm.

Twenty-six villagers rescued from Siaolin village in southern Taiwan's Kaohsiung County by military helicopters today estimated there are still 300 to 400 people who remain unaccounted for and may be trapped in their homes under tons of mud, rocks and debris. Authorities expect the death toll to rise as search and rescue teams do their work.

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