Morakot, Typhoon, Disaster

Many people around the world have watched the news about disasters in Taiwan because of Typhoon Morakot. International media all focus on the line “the worst floods in 50 years“. There are lots of updates online from local Twitter and/or Plurk users, but mainly in Chinese. You can see many with the hashtag #taiwanfloods.

As we are trying to help people around the world understand more information, Global Voices prepares a post and numerous updates so far. I also did a phone interview with France 24 English channel the other day.

If you are interested in search flickr photos or youtube video, you can try the keyword “Morakot”, or Chinese characters “莫拉克”. You will probably find more contents with the Chinese keywords.

Downpour and gale really cause calamity this time in Taiwan. Some places receive more than 200 cm (about 78.7 inches) of rain in barely two days. Many people are trapped because of floods.

Images are stronger than words, and they do not need languages to explain in some cases. In this clip, a 3-km bridge breaks into three pieces due to jet stream:

Or a hotel building in the hot spring resort in the eastern part of Taiwan completely falls into water:

Or a dammed lake collapse after typhoon, bringing sudden large amount of water downstream:

More information will be provided, hopefully some good news.


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