Only relatives of 15 out of 123 residents can continue legal action
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled against state
compensation demands by 123 residents of the village of Xiaolin (小林) in Kaohsiung City over the destruction of their homes by Typhoon Morakot (莫拉克) in 2009.
The storm, which is also known as the August 8 flooding disaster (八八水災), caused widespread destruction in mountainous areas in Southern Taiwan, most precisely in inland parts of Greater Kaohsiung.
While the Supreme Court verdict in effect ends the case, the demands for compensation from the families of 15 residents said to have died because the village head refused to evacuate can still be heard, with the Kaohsiung City Government forced to provide evidence, reports said. [FULL STORY]