Wulai residents trapped after traffic cut, 100 unaccounted for

08/09/2015 10:21 PM
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Taipei, Aug. 9 (CNA) People in Wulai District in New Taipei said Sunday there are still 100 people living in a mountainous part of the district who have not been heard from since Saturday when their village was hit by a severe landslide caused by Typhoon Soudelor.

A search for the residents in the Xiaoyi village has been launched, with a rescue team organized by National Airborne Service Corps, National Fire Agency and New Taipei City government having been flown to the mountain for the mission, according to the city government.

Update: New Taipei police has established contact with the Xiaoyi village Sunday night.

The team is focusing on the search for four households, whose "houses all disappeared" while the terrain on which the residences were situated changed during heavy rains and strong winds caused by the typhoon, New Taipei fire department official Chen Chung-yueh (陳崇岳) said.

Chen said that according to Wulai District Office data, "the four households did have people, but the entire terrain and personnel all vanished."

Two elderly residents seem to be living there, but have not been heard from since Saturday, Chen added.

According to New Taipei City government statistics, 2,100 Wulai residents are being trapped after the only road to their villages collapsed when Soudelor swept through Taiwan Saturday.

At least seven persons were killed, five are still missing and 402 were injured as a result of the typhoon, according to statistics compiled by the National Fire Agency under the Ministry of the Interior Sunday evening.

(By Sunrise Huang, Wang Hung-kuo and Elizabeth Hsu) ENDITEM/sc

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