Hundreds feared dead in Taiwan landslide

taiwan landslides

Around 600 people were feared to be buried in their homes in Southern Taiwan after torrential rains caused a massive mudslide, officials said Tuesday.

The rain and mudslides— triggered by typhoon Morakot— have completely wiped out houses in Kaohsiung, and flooding is so bad that almost all land travel is impossible.

The government has confirmed 41 deaths but that seemed certain to rise as tens of thousands remain cut off and unaccounted for in the mountainous region, and hundreds are feared dead.

The typhoon has now weakened to a tropical storm, but it has affected millions of people and caused over NT$6 billion in agricultural damage.

Some officials were describing it as the worst to pummel the island in half a century.