Caritas Taiwan Response to Typhoon Morakot
For the Taiwanese, Typhoon Morakot was never expected to be so destructive. Several villages were washed away in the mountain by mudslides. There was no way to reach those remote areas for more than a week. People lived in the dark. Priests, sisters and local clergy were all stranded with the poor victims with no electricity and nor water.
The slow moving storm dumped record rainfall as it crossed southern Taiwan 7-9 August, triggering landslides and the worst flooding in 50 years. An estimated 500 people are believed dead and thousands more have been affected. Government efforts are still underway to reach survivors.