Mon, Jul 05, 2004 - Page 1 News List

Death toll from Mindulle's rains rises

DEVASTATION MOUNTS Eighteen deaths are blamed on the storm, which has caused the worst flooding in southern Taiwan in 25 years -- and more rain is to come

By Chiu Yu-Tzu  /  STAFF REPORTER , WITH AGENCIES

The storm has brought southern Taiwan's worst flooding in 25 years.

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators yesterday urged the government to take more precautions to mitigate the possible effects of landslides and mudflows.

"Although the amount of rainfall brought by Mindulle is rare, we still need to make more efforts not only to preserve our soil and land but also ensure residents' safety," DPP legislative caucus whip Tsai Huang-lang (蔡煌瑯) said.

Mindulle also battered southeastern China yesterday, where a mother and her son drowned after falling out of a boat on a lake in Huzhou city, about 140km southwest of Shanghai, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

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