More than 100 dead in Taiwan from typhoon, mudslides

KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan Wed Aug 12, 2009 7:56pm EDT

1 of 12. People help to carry supplies from a military helicopter in the flooded village in Chiayi county, southern Taiwan August 12, 2009.

Credit: Reuters/Taiwan Military News Agency/Handout

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KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (Reuters) - Mudslides and flooding from a weekend typhoon have killed more than 100 people in Taiwan, disaster officials said on Thursday, while hundreds more are still feared buried in a remote mountain village.

Taiwan's death toll jumped overnight to 107 people, with 61 officially missing, as more than 30 bodies were found at a southern hot springs area wiped out by a mudslide, the National Fire Agency disaster center said.

About 6,500 others were found stranded in a village near Alishan, a mountain scenic spot popular with overseas tourists, Taiwan's Central News Agency said.

Hundreds more are still missing in remote villages in southern Taiwan, with many possibly buried under a massive mudslide that covered one village, Hsiao Lin, on Monday.

Typhoon Morakot passed over the island at the weekend with sustained heavy rains in the south.

(Reporting by Ralph Jennings; Editing by Jeremy Laurence)

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