Flood disaster struck the province of Taiwan, Central Formosa, following the heaviest rainfall on the Island for 62 years.
LV. Flood area
SV. Collapsed bridge
SCU. Wreckage of train lines
SV.UP Branches round telephone pylon
SV. Grass and branches round phone wire
SV?PAN Wreckage in street
GV. Rescuers clearing wreckage in street
SV. Survivors living accommodation
SCU. Survivors eating
CU. Baby clutches mothers knee
SV. Flooded yard
SV. Rescuers at work
SV. Survivors taken from helicopter
SCU. Women taken from helicopter
SCU. Survivors enter ambulance
SV. Ambulance drives away
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Background: Flood disaster struck the province of Taiwan, Central Formosa, following the heaviest rainfall on the Island for 62 years.
Nearly 24 2/1 inches of rain fell in 36 hours in Taichung, and at Changhua the railway station lay under seven feet of water.
At least 600 people lost their lives, and thousands were injured as a raging torrent of water swept away houses, bridges, roads, and railway lines.
Ten thousand acres of farmland are under water, the two main crops rive and sugar, being badly damaged.
Helicopters help to carry some of the injured to comfort and safety as the rescue work goes on but hundreds are still missing.
President Chiang Kai-shek ordered all his troops to help in rescue operations whilst American forces are moving emergency relief supplies to Changhua, city of 70,000 souls, hardest hit by floods.
Taiwan Governor Mr. Chou Chih-jou is organising relief and rehabilitation on the spot, in this, Formosa's worst natural disaster of the century.