Typhoon Toraji hit Taiwan on the 30th of July, 2001, causing serious damagefrom flooding and landslides. We sent a team with a load of food and clothing to one of the villages affected, Ta Shing,Kuangfu Hsiang, Hualien. A landslide had buried a large part of this village in the early morning while people were sleeping. Twenty four people died and fifteen were missing, buried under tons of mud and rock.
Two hundred families, about 1,000 people, live in this village and are now without water and electricity. The homeless are staying in the local school.
We followed up with a second load of supplies to the village, as well as a load to the west side of the mountain range (Nantou county) where villages were also hit as the typhoon crossed the country.
We are now preparing house paint teams to go in and help restore the houses that are left standing.