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September 18, 2001: Taiwan typhoon toll rises to 79

At least 21 people were missing and 139 injured after Nari turned roads in the capital into torrents of water that flowed past second storey windows in Taipei’s worst-ever flooding

Francisco Pereira, Archivist
16:52 September 17, 2016
Taiwan

2001 - Thousands of soldiers and rescue workers began cleaning up Taipei’s mud-caked and waterlogged streets after Typhoon Nari dumped record amounts of rain on Taiwan and killed at least 79 people. At least 21 people were missing and 139 injured after Nari turned roads in the capital into torrents of water that flowed past second storey windows in Taipei’s worst-ever flooding. The victims were buried under landslides or electrocuted by downed power lines in the north of the island, the government’s disaster response centre said. The Central Weather Bureau said Taipei was hit with record rainfall of 425mm in a single day. The damage to Taipei’s mass rapid transit (MRT) system was at several billion Taiwan dollars. Flood waters inundated several MRT stations.

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