06 Aug '11, 7am

Taiwan typhoon victims seek US$68m compensation: TAIPEI: Victims of a deadly typhoon that devastated Taiwan near...

Taiwan typhoon victims seek US$68m compensation: TAIPEI: Victims of a deadly typhoon that devastated Taiwan near...

TAIPEI: Victims of a deadly typhoon that devastated Taiwan nearly two years ago are seeking $68 million in compensation from the authorities for their "flawed rescue," a report said Saturday. About 309 residents of Hsiaolin village in southern Kaohsiung city demanded the city government and a local township office pay $52 million for late rescue during Typhoon Morakot in August 2009, said the state Central News Agency. Another group of 35 villagers filed a separate petition against the forestry bureau and the water resources agency, seeking $16 million in compensation, the report said. The residents argued that the authorities failed to efficiently monitor mudslides and evacuate the village in time, which resulted in massive deaths and financial losses, it said. The Kaohsiung city government will submit a report on its rescue efforts to the state compensation review board ...

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