Taiwan confirms 376 dead, 254 missing from worst hit typhoon

Taiwan confirms 376 dead, 254 missing from worst hit typhoon

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Taiwan’s government confirmed around 376 people were killed while 254 are still missing after Typhoon Morakot struck about two weeks back, the islands worst flooding.

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The figures included are 238 confirmed deaths from the worst-hit southern village of Hsiaolin, where 186 others still remained accounted for, the National Fire Agency said.

President Ma Ying-jeou has called Morakot the worst-ever typhoon to strike Taiwan, saying the scale of the damage was more severe than a 1959 typhoon that killed 667 people and left around 1,000 missing.