WORLD BRIEFING / TAIWAN

Times Wire Reports

Water-purification tablets, tents, prefabricated homes and other foreign aid arrived in Taiwan as the typhoon-battered island coped with the aftermath of its worst weather disaster in 50 years.

Thousands of displaced survivors remained at temporary shelters in stadiums and tent cities a week after Typhoon Morakot hit, unleashing massive landslides and floods that killed more than 500 people in southern and central Taiwan.

An American transport plane arrived at the Tainan Air Base in the south with supplies for makeshift housing, the disaster relief center said.

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