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Record rains in south

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Typhoon Morakot left Taiwan yesterday after dumping record levels of rainfalls that flooded southern parts of the island and killed at least one person.

Morakot, which made landfall late Friday night, was downgraded to a tropical storm as its eye exited the island Saturday afternoon, but torrential rains continued to torment many areas in southern and eastern Taiwan.

The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said rainfall in Pingtung County could hit as high as 2,500 millimeters, a record in any area in Taiwan.

Linpien, in Pingtung, experienced its worst flooding in 50 years, with the town submerged in water one-story high, said the county magistrate, Tsao Chi-hung.

Many residents had to climb to their rooftops to await evacuation.

Military servicemen were dispatched to Pingtung on rescue missions upon the county government's request, Tsao said.

“We've never seen such heavy rainfalls over the past 50 years. We're scared,” the United Evening News cited a Pingtung resident as saying.

The CWB also raised its precipitation forecast for Kaohsiung, Tainan and Chiayi to high levels ranging from 1,600 to 1,800 millimeters.

Hsiaokang district in Kaohsiung City was submerged in knee-deep water.

In Kaohsiung County, may roads and bridges were closed while firefighters and police officers evacuated residents from flooded villages and townships.

In Tainan County, dozens of residents of Hsinho district along the Hutou Creek woke up in the middle of the night to find their homes flooded.

August 9, 2009    marcelk@
I am so sorry for lovely Taiwan. So terrible.
August 9, 2009    bptongsampah@
I'ts a very bad disaster, I have familly in Chiayi, she works in a hospital. I pray she will be saved.
August 11, 2009    sadhusband@
Yep, I have a wife and daughter in Tainan and the house roof suffered wind damage but they survived. However, they still don't have any running water as of yesterday. God bless this beautiful island and its wonderful people.
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Two members of a rescue team help a physically-disabled woman out of a flooded residential unit in Linpien Township of the southern-tip county of Pingtung. (Johnson Liu, Special to The China Post & CNA)

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