September 9, 2009

25CN:More Than 100 Dead as Typhoon Ravages Taiwanese Coast

More than 100 Dead as Typhoon
Ravages Taiwanese Coast
Several Adventists feared among victims

Adventist News Network


DEVASTATION IN TAIWAN -- Four Adventist Church members are feared dead and two pastors are believed missing after Typhoon Morakot hit the coast of Taiwan in mid-August. [Photo: Taiwan Conference]

everal Seventh-day Adventists are likely included in the death toll from Typhoon Morakot, a storm that hit northeastern Taiwan during August, Adventist church leaders in Taiwan said.

Four church members are believed to be dead and two pastors have been missing for more than five days, initial church reports stated.
The typhoon reportedly killed hundreds of Taiwanese and destroyed more than 10,000 homes after making landfall, with torrential rains and flooding causing more destruction early the following week.
The majority of Adventists affected by the typhoon are farmers, who will suffer from the loss of their crops, said Raymond Ko, president for the Adventist Church in Taiwan.
“We estimate that those affected by the typhoon would need up to one year for their lives to resume to normal,” Ko said.
Ko also said the conference could also suffer from decreased tithing returns in the coming year.