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Typhoon Soulik causes damages for more than NT$ 1 billion, farmers badly affected
In addition to the terrible loss of life, the main impact of an event as devastating as the typhoon that hit the island of Taiwan is on the economy. Crops are lost, school buildings are damaged and equipment and machinery are destroyed. The government is providing low-interest loans to jump-start the most affected areas.
Underwater quake, no damage so far
The quake, which registered 6.6 on the Richter scale was felt throughout the Island. According to seismologists, it was the most powerful quake this year so far.
Typhoon Chanchu forces evacuation of 630,000 people
The first typhoon of the season is expected to make landfall between Fujian and Guangdong. In its passage it has already swept two sisters to their death.
Billions allocated for reconstruction in wake of typhoon Morakot
An initial allocation of over 2 billion Euros set aside today. President Ma visits the population most affected by the earthquake. Meanwhile the political crisis worsens with the resignation of the Minister for Foreign Affairs, but the premier does not accept any resignation.
Typhoon Morakot hits Ma Ying-jeou’s government
The vice-foreign minister resigns; the Premier, the Minister of Defence and the Secretary of Parliament also expected to resign. The popularity of the president is down to a minimum. The army will be directed to form a civil protection force to deal with natural disasters.
Taipei, Morakot death toll “over 500”
Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou admits for first time to number of deaths. Government agency speaks of "more than 390 people buried alive" in the village of Hsiaolin in the south of the island, the hardest hit by the typhoon. Political controversy mounts overt delays and inefficiency in relief.
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