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Taiwan appeals for foreign help

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Taiwan has appealed for international technical assistance to help rescue more than 2,000 people stranded after Typhoon Morakot caused major mudslides.

The Taiwanese authorities say they need giant cargo aircraft able to drop large earth diggers and other machinery into remote mountain areas to reopen roads.

This footage shows the extent of damage caused by the typhoon in Chiayi county and victims being rescued by helicopter.

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