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51 houses in Taitung disappear into Pacific

TAITUNG, Taiwan -- Over 500 residents in southeastern Taitung County were evacuated to safety in time yesterday, but 51 houses were flushed into the Pacific by the raging water of swelling Taimali River brought by torrential rains from Typhoon Morakot.

At the repeated prodding of police and rescue workers, the aboriginal residents of Jialan Village in Chinfong Township of Taitung were reluctantly relocated in time.

Massive floods from the Taimali River soon wreaked havoc on the community, destabilizing most of the two-floor brick and cement houses.

According to the latest count, 51 housing units were driven into the Pacific while more were tilted or destroyed.

Some residents couldn't believe that their houses simply disappeared right before their own eyes.

A police officer said he could not imagine what would happen if the villagers refused to heed advice to move to safety at a temporary shelter.

The same village was attacked by an earlier flood only four years ago when 17 houses and a church were flushed away by flash flood.

The reconstructions of many of the destroyed houses have not yet been completed.

August 11, 2009    MARK131313@
I WAS JUST READING ON THE MASSIVE FLOODING AND DESTRUCTION RE: THE TYPHOON.
THIS IS TERRIBLE AND HERE IN CANADA WE HOPE THAT ALL CAN BE DONE TO RESCUE THE POOR PEOPLE OF THE VILLAGES.
August 13, 2009    superwaterman@
Let's get real - global climate change is here ... time to reconsider our carbon causing ways.

It's not too late.
August 13, 2009    cuckoo@
I saw at "Da Ai world news" T.V. cable broadcasting and reporting on the morakot typhoon that hit Taiwan. It's so sad for all of us Chinese living overseas. And the gov't, military and civilian rescuers are so brave and united to save the unfortunate citizens. God bless.
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 51 houses in Taitung disappear into Pacific 
What was once the house of aboriginal tribe chief Wu Chin-jong was flushed into the swelling Taimali River while 50 other housing units were already driven by the flood into the Pacific. (CNA)

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