Typhoon Morakot Aftermath
Taiwan Chinooks Provide Needed Lift, Supplies for Victims
By Hal Klopper, Boeing International Communications
Republic of China Army (ROCA) CH-47 Chinooks were called into action in August 2009 to participate in massive rescue operations in Taiwan following the devastating effects of Typhoon Morakot.
By September 2009, Chinook and other ROCA helicopters participated in more than 1,200 missions that helped evacuate some 7,600 survivors, transport more than 500,000 pounds of supplies, and bring relief to the communities damaged by the typhoon.
As of press time, rescue efforts and other humanitarian support were continuing.
The Chinooks, which were the choice by commanders for humanitarian and rescue operations because of their versatility, also are being used to transport large excavation tools, loading machinery and troops to highland villages where no surface roads were accessible.
The ROCA operates a fleet of Chinooks for a wide range of humanitarian and military operations.