Rescue teams airdrop provisions to Wulai villages (Taiwan News)
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The 3,100 inhabitants in the Wulai District of New Taipei are reportedly safe and sound amid previous speculations that some have been buried alive after their villages were hit by a severe landslide caused by Typhoon Soudelor, reports said Monday.
The Army’s special forces units have been flown in on Sunday to airdrop provisions, including salt, candles and bleach to Xiaoyi village, whose access to the outside world were destroyed by landslides.
At the same time, the military’s two UH-1H helicopters carrying 36 paratroopers were also dropped in to search the terrain for the 100 people reported missing since the storm. The search areas included Kuan-hsin road, Pingkuan road, and Xiluo road.
Rescue efforts have since been launched by the National Airborne Service Corps, National Fire Agency, and New Taipei City government.
According to New Taipei City government statistics, 3,100 Wulai residents are being trapped after the only road to their villages collapsed when Soudelor swept through Taiwan last weekend.
The Ministry of National Defense on Monday said it is deploying 4,490 additional men to help with rescue efforts. They also include the military’s engineering corps and its heavy-duty scavengers, bulldozers, and as such.