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Post-Morakot efforts to be featured in National Geographic film
Central News Agency
2014-08-07 11:15 PM
Taipei, Aug. 7 (CNA) A documentary showing Taiwan's reconstruction in the wake of 2009's Typhoon Morakot and the worst flooding seen in half a century will premiere on the National Geographic channel Friday in Taiwan. "Rebuilding Taiwan: Beyond the Storm" will air at 9 p.m. on Aug. 8, the fifth anniversary of the date the storm ripped through Taiwan, causing destruction that killed 681 and left 18 missing. Chern Jenn-chuan, head of the Cabinet-level Morakot Post-Disaster Reconstruction Council, said earlier this week that an international film crew spent more than a year shooting the documentary, which will also broadcast in more than 40 countries across Asia. He hopes the program will let the world see how Taiwan has worked to recover from disaster. The government, non-governmental organizations and private companies all worked hand in hand with survivors in the process, he said. The National Geographic team recorded close cooperation between the government and the people in a process that Premier Jiang Yi-huah has described as a good example for other countries facing post-disaster reconstruction. Jiang said in a statement issued by the council that he expects the documentary to help promote the successful model onto the international stage. Also on Friday, there will be an opening ceremony of a permanent exhibition on the rebuilding efforts and results. The exhibition will be housed at the National Science and Technology Museum in Kaohsiung -- home to many of the hardest-hit areas by the 2009 storm, the council said. Artifacts and documents on the stories behind the difficult reconstruction process will also be on display, said the council, including 42 books, eight documentaries and 11 short films on Morakot to provide visitors deeper insights into the recovery process for the affected areas in central and southern Taiwan. (By Elaine Hou)
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