Twin Typhoons Devastate Asia


Taiwan (CBS) - Two typhoons in Asia have killed dozens of people, left hundreds missing and forced nearly 1 million people to flee to safety in China.

Typhoon Morakot washed away buildings and destroyed thousands of homes across Taiwan. A mudslide covered an entire town in the mountains. As many as 600 are missing. Helicopters have carried about 100 residents to safety.

Up to 80 inches of rain saturated the ground and caused the foundation under a hotel to give way. The building was swept away by rushing floodwaters.

Frantic rescue efforts are underway across the country. The military is funneling emergency supplies to the areas it can reach.

Up to 30,000 people have either left their homes or lost their homes.

It's the worst flooding to hit Taiwan in more than 50 years.n

China's east coast took the brunt of Morakot's 70 mile an hour winds on Sunday. The government issued evacuation orders, sending at least one million people rushing to higher ground on bicycles and buses.

Up to 10 inches of rain flooded hundreds of villages and towns. Two thousand homes are lost.

A second deadly typhoon hit Japan, triggering more mudlides and flooding thousands of homes.

In central and western Japan, airplanes are grounded, railroad service stopped and highways are left underwater.

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