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Second Morakot program to air this year

Staff writer, with CNA

The National Geographic Channel is producing a second documentary featuring the nation’s reconstruction efforts in the wake of Typhoon Morakot in 2009, the channel said yesterday, adding that it is to premiere in October.

In cooperation with the Morakot Post-Disaster Reconstruction Council, the channel has spent more than a year filming two documentaries about post-typhoon reconstruction efforts, it said.

The first, Rebuilding Taiwan: Beyond the Storm, premiered in Taiwan on Friday last week, the fifth anniversary of the storm that ripped through southern Taiwan, causing destruction and killing nearly 700 people.

The first documentary depicts how the nation has incorporated innovation into the rebuilding of homes and industries in the affected areas, the channel said.

It has been shown in more than 40 countries and territories across Asia beginning last month, the start of the region’s typhoon season, the channel said.

The channel said the documentary could provide a reference for other nation’s that also face post-disaster reconstruction.

The second film, Rebuilding Taiwan: Reborn in Hope, is in the final stages of production, the channel said.

The Morakot council was disbanded on Friday last week as its mission has been completed, the government said.

On the same day, there was an opening ceremony for a permanent exhibition on the rebuilding efforts.

The exhibition is at the National Science and Technology Museum in Greater Kaohsiung — home to many of the areas hit hardest by the storm.

Artifacts and documents on the stories behind the difficult reconstruction process are on display to provide visitors with deeper insights into the recovery process for the affected areas in central and southern Taiwan.

Some Morakot survivors have accused the government of lying, saying that promised reconstruction is far from complete.

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