Bridges Now and Future: Morakot

August 14th, 2009
by Mark Forman


I did this photo session a couple of weeks back way before Typhoon Morakot was in the news and worse in Taiwan dumping over a years worth of rain (about 7') in 2 days on parts of Taiwan. One of the worst outcomes was many 78 (49 re-opened but 29 still out) bridges got damaged or destroyed by the power of sudden raging rivers and streams. If you'd like to help victims of this devastating natural disaster I will place links at the bottom of this post. They are the people on the other side of the bridge which is now "no more" but can be again.


Sometimes the parts are greater than the sum of the whole. I am very thankful for everything I have and my heart goes out to those who have lost greatly and suddenly. People can be awesome in times of tragedy lending a helping hand. This appears it will be one of "those times" typed hopefully.

Line Trauma

What life must have been like before bridges... I remember a friend of mine telling me about traveling between 2 points we visited together in southern China used to take between 8 and 10 hours to make. The bridge drive we took took only 40 minutes. Bridge=vital connection. People reaching destinations promptly and smoothly.


When I was a child I recall the completion of one of the modern architectural wonders-the Verranzano Narrows Bridge being completed between Brooklyn and Staten Island in NYC. I walked round trip over an even greater bridge marvel many times-the Brooklyn Bridge. The same bridge sold many times over by sarcastic jokers wanting to sell it to you if they weren't preoccupied selling you swamp land in Florida.


Hopefully this post will enlighten you about the situation on hand in Southern Taiwan . Places that have people with pressing needs.

Color line

Hope is what keeps us going...

Typhoon Morakot relief contribution links

Red Cross Tzu Chi Foundation World Vision Taiwan Ministry of Interior Various links here at Daily Bubble Tea If you know of any others please let me know and I'll gladly add them.

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  • Hut 2,3,4 says:

    [...] in your prayers and thoughts. Here is some information for helping if you're interested at the bottom of this post. The people of Taiwan are very strong and resilient but can use the love and help [...]

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