Although typhoon Saola weakened to a tropical storm as it crept across northern Taiwan Thursday, it left behind almost five feet of rainwater and devastation that has left five people dead, flooded farmland, and swelled rivers in the densely populated island of 23 million people. The typhoon also killed 26 people in the Philippines before reaching Taiwan. Dozens of flights were canceled in Taiwan's capital of Taipei, and normally busy streets were deserted apart from clean-up crews clearing trees and branches.
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