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Morakot documentaries to be screened in Taipei

Staff writer, with CNA

A series of documentaries featuring reconstruction efforts in the wake of Typhoon Morakot — which in 2009 triggered the worst flooding in the nation in 50 years — are to begin screening next month, organizers said yesterday.

The Morakot Post-Disaster Reconstruction Council, one of the organizers, said the screenings are scheduled to begin on Dec. 3 in Taipei, followed by screenings in Greater Taichung, Greater Kaohsiung and Greater Tainan.

A total of 16 Chinese-language documentaries featuring stories about the areas hardest hit by the storm are to be screened, the council said in a statement.

One of them tells the story of the residents of Siaolin Village (小林), Greater Kaohsiung, who survived a deadly mudslide during the typhoon.

Films recording reconstruction efforts in the Aboriginal areas of Alishan Township (阿里山), Chiayi County, where residents have been engaged in revitalizing the local economy after the destruction caused by the storm, are also being shown.

The directors of the documentaries, as well as residents of the disaster areas, have been invited to share their experiences with the audience, the council said.

The Taipei screenings also feature an exhibition showing an array of agricultural products from the rebuilt areas, the council added.

Typhoon Morakot brought torrential rain that triggered flooding and massive landslides in central and southern Taiwan in 2009, leaving as many as 700 people dead or missing.

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