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All stranded mainland tourists saved, 20 still out of contact

10-23-2010 13:47 BJT

ILAN, Taiwan, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- All 54 stranded tourists from the Chinese mainland, who remained stranded in Taiwan Friday night after heavy rains brought by Typhoon Megi triggered landslides, was lifted out of dangerous areas by helicopters Saturday morning, but 20 other mainland tourists remained missing, Taiwan tourism authorities said.

Among those out of contact are 19 mainland tourists from a tourist group from Zhuhai City, Guangdong Province, and a tourist group leader from Beijing after their buses were hit by mud and rock at a section of the Suao-Hualien Highway on the island's east coast.

One local tour guide and one local driver were also out of contact, the local tourism authorities said.

People have been evacuated from the flood-hit areas in Ilan County, Taiwan, Oct. 21 as super Typhoon Megi arrived. More than 500 mainland tourists have been stranded in Taiwan by heavy rains brought by typhoon Megi since Thursday, with at least 19 of them out of contact.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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