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Last Updated: August 28, 2009

Typhoon Morakot, Taiwan; August 2009    

  • From: Jim Linton, VK3PC
    Sent: Friday, August 28, 2009 11:43 AM
    Subject: Typhoon Morak CTARL ARES activity ends

    The CTARL reports that the job of ham radio operators supporting the rescue and construction activity has concluded after quiet a busy period.

    Ted BV2OO and the CTARL ARES team have returned safely from the mountain area where they had been assisting others including a medical team.

    Most of major cellular and land line phone services, plus satellite phones have been restored and there is no further use needed of ham radio communications.

    More details about the emergency communications provided by ham radio, both inside and outside the disaster hit area, are not immediately available.

    The government is also beginning to provide temporary housing for many people who lost their homes during the typhoon, and it has a very difficult and long reconstruction effort ahead of it.

    Many mountain roads are in need of repair which will take many months or years, and some may never be able to be re-opened.

    Up to 1000 people were believed to have been buried as many villages were covered with rock and mud.

    Some 320 schools were damaged. The total cost of the reconstruction is estimated to be $3000M USD.

    (Ralph BV2FB CTARL Liaison Officer and Jim VK3PC IARU R3 Disaster Communications Officer)

  • From: Jim Linton, VK3PC
    Sent: Friday, August 14, 2009 6:55 AM
    Subject: ARES team safe after tyhoon disaster scare

    Welfare concerns about a Chinese Taipei Amateur Radio League (CTARL) emergency communications group have been allayed, with the latest report that the team, has made it safe, to dry ground.

    The ARES members Ted Yu BV2OO, Solo Chen BM5ABU and K.L. Wu BM6AHR and two doctors and four nurses flew by helicopter into amid rough turbulent weather to reach Chin-Ho (part of the Tau-Yuan Zone, Kao- Hsiong City) that was surrounded by flood waters.

    They are providing support to the rescue and relief effort in response to the Typhoon Morakot disaster that has an expected death toll of several hundred with thousands more are homeless in what are the worst floods in Taiwan in 50 years.

    Quickly setting up the ham radio station equipment the ARES team began using the 40m band, with their situation report communications helping the rescue and recovery operation.

    A report by the IARU CTARL Liaison Officer, Ralph Yang BV2FB said the radio traffic included details of needed medicine, fresh water and food supplies.

    The ARES team had to flee for their own safety when a lake broke its banks and threatened to inundate where they had set up.

    They made it to a cabbage field where they slept before resuming their emergency communications efforts to tell everyone they were 'alive and kicking'. ARES was last known to be using 7.080MHz.

    Also assisting in the emergency communications effort, from their stations on dry land are BX2AN in Taipei, BV6GQ BV7GC, BV7BU from Kau-Siung and BX4AA from Tai-Chung.

    In other support, BX2AL has been organising resources and supplies for the Taipei base station (above), BG7MTJ from Sen-Zen China and BG4ABO in Shan-Hai China.

    The disaster recovery is continuing with many villages in mountain areas buried under metres of rock and mud.

    (Ralph Yang BV2FB CTARL IARU Liaison and Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Commmittee)

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