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Chihpen, Taiwan - Hotel Collapse In Typhoon Storm Caught On Video

Published on: August 10, 2009 02:09 PM
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The collapsed Jinshuai Hotel lies in the Jhihben River in Jhihben Township, Taitung CountyChihpen, Taiwan - Torrential rains brought by Tropical Storm Morakot, which was downgraded from a typhoon on Saturday, continued to wreak havoc in the south of the country yesterday.

As of 8pm yesterday, the Central Disaster Emergency Operation Center had confirmed seven fatalities, while another 32 were injured and 46 were missing.

A total of 6,301 people had been evacuated from their homes, the center said.

Though the center of the storm left Taiwan on Saturday, heavy rain from the rim of the system continued to cause major damage.

In eastern Taiwan, the Jinshuai Hotel in Jhihben, Taitung County, collapsed into the Jhihben River just before noon after its foundations were eroded by surging floodwaters.

A report in the Chinese-language Liberty Times said the management of the hotel had begun evacuating guests on Saturday after roads leading to the town, which is popular for its hot springs, were washed away by the river.

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Several stores in front of the six-story hotel were also washed away by the swollen river.

Hotel staffers were reportedly safe at another hotel nearby, while 400 visitors were trapped in Jhihben, unable to return home.



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 Aug 10, 2009 at 02:03 PM Anonymous Says:

WOW!

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 Aug 10, 2009 at 02:55 PM David Says:

They should try using foundation in their buildings. This is what happens when u put up a 'box' on a flat surface.

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 Aug 10, 2009 at 06:08 PM Chaim Says:

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David Says:

They should try using foundation in their buildings. This is what happens when u put up a 'box' on a flat surface.

Directly from the article that you had trouble reading; "In eastern Taiwan, the Jinshuai Hotel in Jhihben, Taitung County, collapsed into the Jhihben River just before noon after its foundations were eroded by surging floodwaters."

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 Aug 11, 2009 at 12:40 AM Anonymous Says:

scary looking, it looks straight out of a movie

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 Aug 13, 2009 at 04:58 AM surreal_realism Says:

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David Says:

They should try using foundation in their buildings. This is what happens when u put up a 'box' on a flat surface.

Well unfortunately the raging RIVER and MUDSLIDES depleted the foundation along the river bank! Do you live in Taiwan? I do. I have for over 8 years and this was the worst TYPHOON I have seen. Please think before you make your comments. Apparently you are a genius and know it all. Or so you think.

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