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Three Wulai residents found safe, four still missing

Three Wulai residents found safe, four still missing

Taipei, Aug. 11 (CNA) Three residents of New Taipei's Wulai District who had been reported missing since Typhoon Soudelor hit Aug. 8 have been contacted and are now safe, the city's fire department said Tuesday. The three -- Yu Chun-chao, Yang Yung-cheng and Wu Ying-hui -- are all residents living on the district's Jinyan Road. Advance post staff of the fire department said all three have made contact with rescuers to say they have left dangerous mountain areas and are safe with friends and family. With the three now located, army and fire department search and rescue teams have yet to find Kao Kuo-yung and Pai Pi-yun, a couple also living on Jinyan Road, as well as two other missing people in New Taipei. The city's emergency operation center said that as of Tuesday evening, more than 400 people of Fushan Village in Wulai have been taken to a shelter after the only road linking the village and the outside world was cut by the storm. In order to make sure all the residents in the mountainous areas are safe, the rescuers were continuing a door-to-door search of residences along the mountain roads and along the banks of the district's Xindian River. On Tuesday alone, 91 police, 11 volunteer fire fighters and 383 military personnel were mobilized for the search mission, in addition to 21 helicopter patrols. Three people were killed and 52 were injured in New Taipei during the onslaught of the typhoon. Four people remained missing. Country-wide, the Central Emergency Operation Center reported that as of 15:00 Monday, eight were killed, four missing and 420 injured as a result of the typhoon. (By Sunrise Huang and S.C. Chang)


Updated : 2021-09-20 00:30 GMT+08:00