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Taiwan military rescues some 260 from mudslide, helicopter with three aboard crashes

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) - TV stations say Taiwan's military has rescued about 260 people whose village has been consumed by a typhoon-spawned mudslide, but there is no word on the fate of scores of others buried by the disaster in the island's south.

The mudslide touched off by Typhoon Morakot inundated the remote mountain village of Shiao Lin on Sunday, leaving at least 400 people unaccounted for. The storm dumped as much as 80 inches (2 meters) of rain on the island before moving on to China.

On Tuesday, authorities said at least 41 people were confirmed dead and 60 were missing after Morakot swept Taiwan. Those tolls do not include the residents of Shiao Lin, whose fate has been unclear since Sunday's mudslide. An official says a helicopter with three crew aboard has crashed into a mountain in bad weather while on a mission to rescue villagers whose homes were destroyed by a powerful typhoon.

TV stations had erroneously reported six people were aboard.


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