Taiwan Begins 3-day Mourning Period After Typhoon
Taiwan began a three-day mourning period to remember the victims of Typhoon Morakot on Saturday, two weeks after the island’s worst weather disaster in 50 years devastated its mountainous south.
The storm took at least 500 lives and caused more than $2 billion in property damage. It triggered landslides and widespread flooding that trapped thousands of people in remote villages for days.
Early Saturday flags around Taiwan were lowered to half staff, and government officials attended religious events paying homage to the storm victims.