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Taiwan typhoon: Your stories

Hole on the road, Tainan City. Photo: Sian Gluck
Sian Gluck spotted this hole in the main road leading out of Tainan City

The Taiwanese government is sending more than 4,000 extra soldiers to speed up rescue efforts after last weekend's deadly Typhoon Morakot.

Morakot lashed Taiwan with at least two metres (80in) of rain over the weekend. It has caused at least $225m (£135m) in agricultural damage, while nearly 30,000 houses are still without power and 750,000 homes are without water, according to the latest estimates from officials.

BBC News website readers in Taiwan have been telling us their experiences of Typhoon Morakot.


Senhuei Wang

Typhoon Morakot has inflicted some heavy damage on our country. The city where I live in central Taiwan has been largely unscathed, but it's the mountainous areas in the south that have been severely affected.

Over a dozen towns and many more villages were struck by serious flooding and mudslides, damaging roads and bridges. In a town not far from where I live one road collapsed. Several cars fell into the holes and people have been reported missing.

People here, including myself, are very frustrated. We are disappointed with the government's extremely slow reaction to this disaster. I don't think the authorities have taken full advantage of all the resources they had, or offers of help from the international community.


Matt Gibson

At the weekend the waters in Tainan City were knee deep. Signs on buildings have been torn off and trees have been uprooted, many of them falling onto cars.

Most people have not had access to a water supply for three days. The authorities are concerned about contamination and have shut off most of the supply network. We don't expect it to be turned back on for another couple of days.

Many local grocery stores have sold out of bottled water. I am lucky because the supply is still working in my building and there are a few other sporadic places where taps are working. However, the government seems to be coping with the situation and the most people accept it is doing what it can under difficult circumstances.

My friend spent the weekend calling emergency help lines to evacuate his desperate relations

Although conditions here aren't great, it is the southern parts of Taiwan that have been most severely affected. A friend of mine has family members in one of the hardest hit areas. There have been reports of houses being swept down the mountainside and people struggling to find shelter. The roads were flooded and people were forced to abandon their cars. My friend spent a frantic weekend calling emergency help lines to organise a helicopter to evacuate his desperate relations.


Sian Gluck

I originally come from Liverpool and have been working as an English teacher in Tainan City since April this year.

The typhoon started over the weekend and I couldn't leave my apartment because the winds were so strong. The streets were flooded over the weekend. They have mostly returned to normal now but the winds and floods have left a lot of damage.

I took a photo of a massive hole in the middle of main road going out of Tainan City. We think a pipe burst after being overloaded with water. A car and a scooter actually fell into the hole before the road was blocked off.

Across the city we are still feeling the effects of the typhoon. In my apartment the water has been cut off, but we at least we have electricity. The government has provided mobile water tanks but there were big queues to get water and now they are empty. The authorities are also distributing bottled water.

Local people say it's the worst typhoon they have seen for a generation, but many are glad that the damage hasn't been as bad as an earthquake.

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