Typhoon Morakot

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Dalai Lama to Visit Taiwan

(Newser) - Taiwan has agreed to let the Dalai Lama visit the island to comfort survivors of a devastating typhoon, a decision that could anger China. Beijing considers the Buddhist spiritual leader a "splittist" for promoting autonomy in the Chinese region of Tibet. Allowing him to visit Taiwan could undermine the... More »

Quake Rattles Taiwan as Typhoon Aid Arrives

(Newser) - Disaster-weary Taiwanese were shaken awake this morning as a strong earthquake rattled the island still recovering from its deadly typhoon, reports Reuters. No casualties or damage was immediately reported after the 6.7 tremblor struck about 116 miles off Taiwan's east coast at 8:05 am—just hours after the... More »

Typhoon Toll Hits 500 as Taiwanese Are Buried Alive

(Newser) - Flooding and mudslides caused by Typhoon Morakot killed over 500 people in Taiwan, President Ma Ying-jeou said today in the country's first firm estimate of casualty figures. Some 400 people are believed to have been buried alive in a single village, the BBC reports. The military has now reopened a... More »

Hundreds Rescued from Taiwan Mudslides

(Newser) - Some 700 people feared dead in Taiwan's mudslides have been found alive and rescued from the disaster zone, the BBC reports. Military helicopters have been evacuating people from rural areas in southern Taiwan, where mudslides caused by Typhoon Morakot engulfed several mountain villages. Hundreds of other people are still missing... More »

Taiwan Mudslide Buries 500 in Wake of Typhoon

Taiwan, Japan, Philippines, China hit; at least 35 dead

(Newser) - A typhoon-spawned mudslide engulfed a mountain village in southern Taiwan, burying up to 600 people, a police official and a rescued villager said today. Earlier, Typhoon Morakot had struck the Philippines, leaving at least 22 dead. Another typhoon slammed into Japan's west coast today, bringing heavy rain that triggered floods... More »

Thousands Stranded as Typhoon Rams China

(Newser) - Typhoon Morakot shredded homes, sent water gushing over banks, and uprooted trees in southeast China yesterday, leaving thousands of people stranded. The storm left a trail of destruction in the Philippines and Taiwan, killing dozens, before striking China's coast. The storm's eye turned the sky black and torrential rains washed... More »

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