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Taiwan premier quits

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Taiwanese Premier Liu Chao-shiuan resigned in the face of public criticism of the government's handling of last month's deadly Typhoon Morakot.

Dalai Lama heads for Taiwan

NEW DELHI, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Despite opposition from China, the Dalai Lama left India for Taiwan Sunday, where he was to pray for victims of Typhoon Morakot, authorities said.

Typhoon death toll rises to 163

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- The death toll in Taiwan from Typhoon Morakot rose Sunday to 163 with 503 people still missing, authorities said.

Taiwan leader apologizes to villagers

JIASIAN, Taiwan, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou apologized Saturday for the government's inadequate response to Typhoon Morakot and promised to help survivors rebuild homes
Typhoon response loses Taiwan's leaders support

Typhoon response loses Taiwan's leaders support

BEIJING, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Taiwan's government is receiving strong criticism over its untimely and disorganized rescue efforts in the wake of Typhoon Morakot, which lashed Taiwan from Aug. 7-9. Public dissatisfaction could hurt the ruling Kuomintang Party in December's local elections and beyond.
S.L. SHEN, UPI Correspondent

Morakot directly blamed for 136 deaths

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- The death toll directly attributed to Typhoon Morakot in Taiwan was 136 Wednesday, excluding the 523 villagers believed buried by mudslides, officials said.

22 seamen missing from ship due to typhoon

QINGDAO, China, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- A ship's crew in Qingdao, China, working on a Panama-flagged ship, was confirmed missing after Typhoon Morakot's impact, shipping authorities said.

Hundreds still trapped in Taiwan hamlets

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- A week after Typhoon Morakot hit Taiwan, rescue crews had been unable to reach 1,300 people trapped in remote mountain villages, officials said Saturday.

Dozens may still be trapped in mudslides

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Taiwanese rescue teams pressed on Thursday in a desperate attempt to find those missing in the wake of mudslides triggered by Typhoon Morakot.

Taiwan hardest hit by Typhoon Morakot

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Relief efforts were hampered by mud-covered roads and floodwater in Taiwan, hard-hit by Typhoon Morakot, Taiwan's disaster-prevention agency said Wednesday.
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Typhoon Morakot (International designation: 0908, JTWC designation: 09W, PAGASA name: Kiko) was the deadliest typhoon to impact Taiwan in recorded history. It formed early on August 2, 2009 as an unnamed tropical depression. During that day the depression gradually developed before being upgraded to a tropical storm and assigned the name Morakot, by the Japan Meteorological Agency late on August 3. The large system gradually intensified as it tracked westward towards Taiwan. By August 5, the JMA and JTWC upgraded Morakot to a typhoon. Due to the size of the typhoon, the barometric pressure steadily decreased; however, maximum winds only increased slightly. Early on August 7, the storm attained its peak intensity with winds of 150 km/h (90 mph 10-minute sustained) according to the JMA. The JTWC reported the storm to be slightly stronger, with winds peaking at 155 km/h (100 mph 1-minute sustained), the equivalent of a Category 2 hurricane on the Saffir–Simpson Hurricane Scale. Morakot weakened slightly before making landfall in central Taiwan later that day. Roughly 24 hours later, the storm emerged back over water into the Taiwan Strait and weakened to a severe tropical storm before making landfall in China on August 9. The storm gradually weakened as it continued to slowly track inland. The remnants of the typhoon eventually dissipated on August 11.

Typhoon Morakot wrought catastrophic damage in Taiwan, leaving 461 people dead and 192 others missing, most of whom are feared dead and roughly NT$110 billion ($3.3 billion USD) in damages. The storm produced copious amounts of rainfall, peaking at 2,777 mm (109.3 in), surpassing the previous record of 1,736 mm (68.35 in) set by Typhoon Herb in 1996. The extreme amount of rain triggered enormous mudslides and severe flooding throughout southern Taiwan. One mudslide buried the entire town of Xiaolin, killing an estimated 500 people in the village alone. The slow moving storm also caused widespread damage in China, leaving eight people dead and causing $1.4 billion (USD) in damages. Nearly 2,000 homes were destroyed in the country and 136,000 more were reported to have sustained damage. The storm also caused severe flooding in the northern Philippines that killed 26 people.

In the wake of the storm, Taiwan's president Ma Ying-jeou faced extreme criticism for the slow response to the disaster having only initially deployed roughly 2,100 soldiers to the affected regions. Later additions of troops increased the number of soldiers to 46,000 working to recover trapped residents. Rescue crews were able to retrieve thousands of trapped residents from buried villages and isolated towns across the island. Days later, the president publicly apologized about the government's slow response to the storm. On August 19, the Government of Taiwan announced that they would start a NT$100 billion ($3 billion USD) reconstruction plan that would take place over a three year span in the devastated regions of southern Taiwan. Days after the storm, international aid began to be sent to the island.

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