August 4, 1996 in Nation/World

Food Drop Aids Those Trapped By Rockslides

Compiled From Wire Services

Police flew in food Saturday to 20,000 people stranded by rockslides, as Taiwan struggled to recover from its worst storm in 30 years.

Police said the death toll from Typhoon Herb rose to 41 people Saturday, with 34 others missing.

Helicopters dropped 10 tons of rice and canned food to 15 villages in Nantou County in central Taiwan, where avalanches caused by heavy rain have blocked roads, police said.

Herb battered Taiwan on Wednesday. Nantou, 120 miles south of Taipei, was the hardest-hit area. Rockslides and flooding there claimed 24 lives.

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