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Typhoon victims to relocate from shelters to military barracks

Taipei, Aug. 26 (CNA) Kaohsiung County Magistrate Yang Chiu-hsing said Wednesday his administration will begin relocating typhoon victims from shelters to four military barracks in the southern Taiwanese county this week to provide them with a better living environment and to prevent the spread of the swine flu.
Yang said he hopes the relocation can be completed by Aug. 31. According to the county government, around 3,000 people can be accommodated at the military barracks, each of which has houses for four, six or eight people. They should be more comfortable than shelters.
Relocation efforts are also aimed at preventing the spread of swine flu, which has broken out in disaster areas in recent days.
There are currently 30 shelters for flood victims in Kaohsiung County, one of the areas hardest hit by the worst floods in Taiwan in 50 years.
Wu Li-shueh, director of the county department of social affairs, said the first 1,000 people to be relocated to military barracks will be those currently sheltered at the Fokuanshan Monastery and other local temples.
As of 6 p.m. Wednesday, the death toll caused by the typhoon devastation which struck from Aug. 7-9 has reached 46l, while the number of missing people was at 192, and 46 injured, according to government statistics.

Updated : 2021-05-19 11:10 GMT+08:00