Typhoon Pummels Taiwan; 600 Missing in Mudslide

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Typhoon Morakot pummeled several Asian countries during the weekend, leaving a wide swath of destruction.

In a matter of seconds, entire homes and villages were swept away by raging waters.

Images surfaced of the collapse of eastern Taiwan's Jinshuai Hotel, but fortunately, everyone was evacuated before the building collapsed.

Across the region, there were sounds of anguish as helpless homeowners watched in utter disbelief at nature's fury.

More than 34 people are dead and millions of others affected by Typhoon Morakot and a separate tropical storm that battered China, Taiwan, the Philippines and Japan.

In southern Taiwan, more than 600 villagers are missing after a huge mudslide from Morakot's heavy rain. It was the worst flooding in Taiwan in half a century.

The typhoon has now weakened to a tropical storm, but the frantic race is on to get to survivors and salvage what little is left of their lives.

The roads to the villages and affected areas have been cut making it very difficult for rescuers.

"We are running out of milk powder for the baby, that's why I had to leave home. And I have no water to dissolve the powder," said one survivor.

In China, authorities had to evacuate more than 1 million people from its eastern coast ahead of the typhoon. Hundreds of villages and towns were flooded and more than 2,000 homes were destroyed.

"It's not only my father who has been missing in this area, there are a lot of people with no food," another survivor said.  "Everything has been washed away by floods. We have no jobs anymore. Our family is not the only tragic one."

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