Hundreds of rescue workers have been airlifted to a Taiwanese village hit by a huge mudslide earlier this week, triggered by Typhoon Aere.
The village of Tochang was almost completely buried in mud
Seven bodies have so far been found in the debris of Tochang village, and rescuers are looking for another eight.
Taiwan is still counting the cost of the typhoon's destruction.
At least 12 people have now been confirmed dead on the island, while more than 20 others are missing, presumed dead.
Meanwhile, reports from China say that while Typhoon Aere left no casualties on the mainland, it caused heavy economic losses.
Rescue teams are using mechanical shovels to dig through
the boulders and mud which took just seconds to engulf the village of Tochang, Hsinchu County, on Wednesday.
"It all happened in a split second and there was just no time to
escape," local farmer Chen told the French news agency AFP.
"It was like the whole mountain came crashing down and falling
on our village," she said.
"We never thought that this slope would give way. In less
than two to three seconds, this whole area was flattened.
My mother and son were killed," another survivor told the local news station TVBS.
A fleet of helicopters has been flying hundreds of soldiers, rescue workers and volunteers to the region, along with tonnes of food, water and communications equipment.
The helicopters also airlifted out the injured, and even rescued a group of panic-stricken tourists trapped in a popular scenic spot.
Typhoon Aere dumped a total of 1,335mm (53.4in) of rain on
the area in three days.
The government issued a landslide warning to 80 towns across the
island, and there has been heated debate about why Tochang was not
evacuated before the disaster happened.
After lashing Taiwan, Aere swept into the south-eastern
Chinese provinces of Fujian, Zhejiang and Guangdong.
It was eventually downgraded to a tropical storm as its winds
According to the official Xinhua news agency, the typhoon has caused heavy economic losses on the Chinese mainland, with the damage expected to reach more than 2bn yuan ($257m).
About 46,800 hectares (115,596
acres) of crops were damaged, along with six reservoirs, Xinhua said.
But China has yet to report any deaths from the typhoon, and its policy of evacuating nearly a million people before Aere hit the region appears to have paid off.
Typhoon Rananim killed 164 people
in the same area earlier this month, and this time is seems the authorities were taking no chances.
In the Philippines, eight people have been killed and
thousands displaced by floods and landslides, after torrential rain triggered by both Typhoon Aere and Typhoon Chaba.
Government offices and schools reopened in Manila on Friday
as the city began cleaning up after the downpour.
Southern Japan is now bracing itself for Typhoon Chaba, which weather forecasters expect to hit Okinawa later on Friday.
Typhoons frequently hit East Asia during the
summer, gathering strength from warm sea waters.