Typhoon Morakot

  1. Rescuers try to pull a stranded car out of floodwater in China’s Zhejiang Province. REUTERS/China Daily, courtesy www.alertnet.org
  2. A man makes his way through floods caused by Typhoon Morakot. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang, courtesy www.alertnet.org
  3. Residents evacuate their flooded homes in Pingtung County, southern Taiwan. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang, courtesy www.alertnet.org
  4. Typhoon Morakot caused widespread flooding in Pingtung County, southern Taiwan. REUTERS/Stringer, courtesy www.alertnet.org
  5. This railway bridge collapsed at the height of the typhoon. REUTERS/Stringer, courtesy www.alertnet.org
  6. Floodwater from Typhoon Morakot turned this road into a river. REUTERS/Stringer, courtesy www.alertnet.org
  7. Medical staff evacuate children by military helicopter from a landslide affected village. REUTERS/Stringer, courtesy www.alertnet.org

On 9 August 2009, Typhoon Morakot struck China’s south-east coast, affecting more than 3.4 million people across China, Taiwan and Philippines. The death toll from the disaster reached 126 with hundreds more people missing. World Vision was able to provide assistance to affected families in Taiwan and the Philippines.

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20 August 2009World Vision increases relief efforts in Taiwan


On 9 August 2009, Typhoon Morakot struck China’s south-east coast destroying hundreds of houses and flooding farmland. Almost one million people were forced to evacuate ahead of the storm, which hit with winds of up to 119km/h.

Typhoon Morakot caused wide-spread damage in southern and eastern Taiwan. Massive flooding damaged transportation infrastructure and submerged many homes forcing residents to evacuate and stay in shelters or find temporary housing with friends and relatives.

The death toll climbed to more than 120 people in Taiwan.

In China, Typhoon Morakot affected 8.8 million people across Fujian, Zhejiang, Jiangxi and Anhui provinces. Reports indicate that six people were killed, and 1.4 million people were evacuated to safety.

In the Philippines, a reported 13,000 people were displaced in Zambales.

World Vision’s Response

World Vision provided immediate relief to affected families in Taiwan and the Philippines. In China, World Vision monitored the situation and decided a response was not necessary in the well-resourced coastal province.


World Vision's response effort in Taiwan assisted over 8,700 people, with activities including:

  • The provision of food, clean water and cleaning materials to households
  • The distribution of relief kits including food, wter, clothing, cleaning appliances and items for children to over 5,000 families
  • The provision of shelter materials
  • The establishment of 10 Child Friendly Spaces to care for more than 4,451 children

The response effort in the Philippines included:

  • Provision of food aid to nearly 2,000 displaced families
  • Distribution of bread and water to almost 800 people, including 264 children in two evacuation centres 

Children Sponsored by Australians

In the Philippines, some families from sponsorship programs took refuge in evacuation centres or with relatives. No sponsored children were reported injured.

No Australian funded projects were affected in China and Taiwan.