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Tuesday, October 9, 2007

In the aftermath of Typhoon Krosa 台風の余波

Typhoon Krosa has come and gone, but what a mess it has left in its wake! After being cooped up inside all weekend due to the big storm, I was looking forward to getting out this afternoon and doing some hiking in Chung-cheng (Jhong-jheng) Park 中正公園. But while the winds have died down, the rain has persisted, so instead I went out riding to check out some of the damage.

All over Fengyuan (Fongyuan) 豊原, blown-down fences and snapped trees could be seen.

Chung-cheng Park was especially hard-hit.

Two large trees in front of a small lacquerware 塗り物 museum had been uprooted by the winds. The force of the tree on the right falling over tore up the boards of a wooden platform that had been built around it.

Proof beyond a doubt that we are alone in this world - the statue of dictator Chiang Kai-shek 蒋介石 wasn't damaged. So much for the wrath of God. At least the death toll from Krosa was low - 7 dead, according to this morning's China Post.

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