Mudslides and flooding from a weekend typhoon have killed more than 100 people in Taiwan, disaster officials said on Thursday, while hundreds more are still feared buried in a remote mountain village.
Taiwan’s death toll jumped overnight to 107 people, with 61 officially missing, as more than 30 bodies were found at a southern hot springs area wiped out by a mudslide, the National Fire Agency disaster center said.
About 6,500 others were found stranded in a village near Alishan, a mountain scenic spot popular with overseas tourists, Taiwan’s Central News Agency said.
Hundreds more are still missing in remote villages in southern Taiwan, with many possibly buried under a massive mudslide that covered one village, Hsiao Lin, on Monday.
Typhoon Morakot passed over the island at the weekend with sustained heavy rains in the south. –REUTERS