Aug 11, 2015

Wulai cut off in wake of Soudelor

Taiwan
by
The China Post
Rescue workers keep a wary eye on a mudslide in the aftermath of Typhoon Soudelor in Taiwan. The island's military put tens of thousands of troops and thousands of vehicles on stand-by for rescue operations. Photo: Xinhua, REX Shutterstock
Rescue workers keep a wary eye on a mudslide in the aftermath of Typhoon Soudelor in Taiwan. The island's military put tens of thousands of troops and thousands of vehicles on stand-by for rescue operations. Photo: Xinhua, REX Shutterstock

Typhoon Soudelor roared over Taiwan and devastated Wulai (烏來) with severe landslides, cutting the region off from the rest of Taiwan. 

The Wulai region became isolated for a period of time due to extensive landslides and collapses on the Xinwu Road (新烏路), the only transport link connecting Wulai to the outside world. In addition, communication services were also cut off as Chunghwa Telecom's nearby base stations were damaged.

New Taipei City's Emergency Operation Center confirmed yesterday that two men who lived in the Wulai region died as a result of the monster typhoon. They were taken to the hospital by helicopter but didn't survive after emergency treatment. Another 3,100 people who were trapped were reported safe and 100 others who were missing were also found, the center said yesterday.