I feel bad because here in the north of Taiwan, we hardly felt anything. The forecasts were for the north part of the island to feel the worst effects and when the typhoon appeared to be weak and disorganized, several of us in the north thought it was over. It wasn’t until the news began coming in that we found out south Taiwan had suffered a major disaster.
Here is the reason why this typhoon was so devastating to south Taiwan:
These are rainfall charts. The top, middle and bottom are Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively. This is the kind of rainfall that one would expect for an entire year and not over a weekend! Much of Taiwan has been literally washed away. Here are some top headlines in Taiwan:
Village Chief swept away while trying to operate a water gate.
Kaohsiung has 130,000 t0ns of trash.
10,000 pigs and chickens killed.
682 schools damaged by typhoon.
51 Taidong homes disappear into Pacific.
Hundreds unaccounted for in Kaohsiung village.
7 cars crash into swollen Choushui river.