Three buried alive in landslide in Yanchao, Kaohsiung

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Three people in southern Taiwan’s Kaohsiung City were buried alive in a sudden landslide on Tuesday triggered by typhoon Megi.

Three people, including an elderly couple in their 80s and their 50-year-old son, were reported missing and feared buried alive after a landslide engulfed their two-story home located in Kaohsiung’s Yanchao District Tuesday.

The collapse of the building was reported by the victims’ neighbors, who said that the landslide completely destroyed the ground floor of the building.

Local police officers and emergency services rushed to the scene of incident in search of the missing family upon receiving the report, but were forced to halt efforts Wednesday around 4 p.m. until Thursday morning due to heavy downpour. Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu also came to the scene to inspect the rescue operations.

The rescue team found the bodies after a full day of searching on Thursday. The family, surnamed Shi, was discovered on the ground floor of their home, which was completely ruined by the landslide. All three were confirmed deceased at the scene.

The bodies had been sent to Kaohsiung City’s Mortuary Services Office for autopsy, according to media reports.

Typhoon Megi, the third severe storm to strike Taiwan in two weeks, battered the island with torrential rains and damaging winds on Tuesday, leaving up to seven people dead, 527 injured, and over 1 million households without power, according to the figures released by the Central Disaster Emergency Operation Center (CDEOC).