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Hundreds 'buried alive' in Taiwan
BBC ^ | August 14, 2009 | BBC / Cindy Sui

Posted on 08/13/2009 9:49:57 PM PDT by americanophile

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 centre spokesman told the BBC's Cindy Sui 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 by 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.

Help on way?

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

(Excerpt) Read more at news.bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: deaths; landslide; mudslide; taiwan; typhoon
Horrible.
1 posted on 08/13/2009 9:49:57 PM PDT by americanophile
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To: americanophile

I do not want to hear that this is Bush’s fault.


2 posted on 08/13/2009 9:51:17 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Obama is in way over his ears.)
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To: americanophile

RIP.


3 posted on 08/13/2009 9:54:43 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Jeff Chandler
President Ma Ying-jeou has assured anxious relatives waiting for news that no effort would be spared to find their loved ones as anger rises at the government response.

"Ma Ying-jeou doesn't care about Chinese people."

4 posted on 08/13/2009 9:54:55 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Jeff Chandler

It’s really Gore’s fault — he caused global warming.


5 posted on 08/13/2009 9:57:35 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: americanophile

What has Obama done for them?

Silence?

Ah, he’s busy trying to pass his death bill discussed as “universal health care”. Less people makes Obama HAPPY!


6 posted on 08/13/2009 10:08:03 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: nmh

Beijing might take advantage of the discontent with the Taiwanese government.


7 posted on 08/13/2009 10:09:47 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: americanophile

Prayers for the Taiwanese people in the Name of Jesus Christ


8 posted on 08/13/2009 10:11:56 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: americanophile

It is horrible. BUt as Dr. Emannuel would say, look at all the people that don’t need health care anymore.


9 posted on 08/13/2009 10:31:58 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: americanophile

Prayers : (


10 posted on 08/14/2009 12:01:28 AM PDT by happinesswithoutpeace
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To: Jeff Chandler
Taiwan's isolated villages
Most Taiwanese are concentrated on the west coast of the island. About 3/4 of the island are covered by mountains and tropical forests with isolated villages such as these.
11 posted on 08/14/2009 4:56:53 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or, are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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