Typhoon Morakot, a deadly tropical storm that slammed into Taiwan the evening of Friday, August 7, 2009, is one of the deadliest to have hit the island. With peak winds thrashing at speeds of 155 kilometers/hr, eqivalent to a Category 2 hurricane, the typhoon dumped over 80 inches of rain, causing Taiwan's worst flooding in history.
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According to President Ma, "...the scale of damage caused by Morakot was more severe than a 1959 typhoon that killed 667 people and left around 1,000 missing."
Hundreds of residents in Southern Taiwan are dead and thousands are in need of assistance.
To make a donation please contact the Red Cross Society at 886-2-2362-8232.
The Society's mailing address is:
The Red Cross Society of the ROC NHQ
10F 276, Section 2, Chien Kuo South Road, Taipei 106, Taiwan, R.O.C.