Article published on the 2009-08-14 Latest update 2009-08-14 11:16 TU
A resident glides across a flooded river on a cable while evacuating the village of Sinkai on Friday.
The typhoon dumped more than three metres of rain, setting off flooding and mudslides that tore through houses and buildings, ripped up roads and smashed bridges.
"With 117 confirmed deaths from the typhoon and some 380 people feared buried by mudslides in Hsiaolin village,
More than 50,000 troops have had to cross raging rivers and fallen bridges to reach victims across southern and central
But Ma's administration has been criticised for being too slow to see the magnitude of the crisis in which hundreds of villages were cut off by mudslides, leaving them only accessible by air.
As anger over the government's response mounted, Ma vowed the whole nation would mobilise to help the victims. The scale of the crisis has overwhelmed the authorities and many victims have complained they have received no help since the typhoon struck.
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