- By Natalie Tso
- 12 August, 2009
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a typhoon hero
The devastation Morakot brought is hard to put in words, so perhaps a feel pictures can tell part of the story. Pictured above is Miu Rong-Tang, a village chief in the Kouhu township of Yunlin County. He lost his life trying to save his village from further damage from the rushing water. He slipped and fell into the torrent while opening a water gate. His wife tried to save him, fell into the water herself, but he pushed her to safety before he took his last breath.
a baby is saved
A policeman saves a child from the Xiaolin village, that was destroyed by the storm.
Pictured above is the pilot, Tsang Suen-fa, of the helicopter that crashed into a mountainside Tuesday. The three men aboard had saved 50 people and delivered 2,100 kgs of relief goods that morning.
People saved from the storm clashed with police as they begged for them to go back and rescue their loved ones.
People weren’t the only victims. Over 10,000 pigs died in Chiayi County and many farmers lost their source of livelihood. Agricultural losses will be at least NT$6.85 billion (US$220 million).
Donations for typhoon relief
But the Taiwanese have big hearts at times like these. In the first four days, citizens have donated over NT$400 million (US$12 million) and corporations over NT$2 billion (US$60 million).