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Taiwan digs for bodies after typhoon

Taiwan's military on Friday began digging up bodies buried in mudslides triggered by Typhoon Morakot, as more than 600 people were listed dead or missing.
Taiwanese troops recover more bodies in the typhoon-destroyed mountain village of Shiao Lin, in southern Taiwan, on Wednesday. ((Associated Press))

Taiwan's military on Friday began digging up bodies buried in mudslides triggered earlier this month by Typhoon Morakot, as more than 600 people were listed as dead or missing.

The disaster centre in Taipei has recorded 153 deaths and 464 people missing since the typhoon dumped record rainfall on the country from Aug. 7 to 9.

Survivors in the hardest-hit village of Shiao Lin, where hundreds are presumed buried under the mudslides, have not yet decided whether they want the military to dig for bodies.

They are angry at President Ma Ying-jeou over what they say was the government's slow and disorganized response to the storm — anger that they voiced when Ma visited the village earlier this week.

Ma pledged that his administration would investigate the government's handling of typhoon relief and come up with a report, including the names of those responsible, by early September.

With files from The Associated Press

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