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Typhoon Morakot (2009)

The Salvos distributed sleeping bags, disinfectant and water to survivors of the Taiwanese tragedy.

In late 2009, the Taiwanese people experienced its worst flooding in decades with Typhoon Morakot. The crisis led to the deaths of more than 500 after roads, bridges, houses and other dwellings crashed into Taiwanese rivers.   

In response, the Taiwanese army coordinated a major rescue operation to those who lost their homes. Chiefly, the Puli Corps helped to deliver household items and other necessary goods to aboriginal villages in Nantou County.

In collaboration with the military, the Salvos' personnel helped to ensure that the most urgent needs of the communities were being met.

Salvos' officers met with local leaders and community officials (including the Deputy Mayor of Kaoshiung County) to gauge the situation. As a result, the Salvationist personnel organized emergency accommodation shelters, provisional items like water and disinfectant material and medium-term shelter and housing.   

Major Mike Coleman was the Salvos' Regional Commander for Taiwan. He commented that 2009 was an extremely difficult time for the typhoon's victims, as the flooding led to other problems such as disease.

'In Tainan County ... there is still no running water and people are in desperate need of disinfectant to prevent the spread of disease,' Major Coleman said.