NT$600 million in donations received for Hualien earthquake relief
Feb 10, 2018MarketComments Off on NT$600 million in donations received for Hualien earthquake relief
Taipei, Feb. 10 (CNA) The Hualien County government has received NT$600 million (US$20.46 million) in donations from Taiwan and abroad for disaster relief efforts following the magnitude 6.0 earthquake that hit the eastern county late Tuesday.
The county government said it had received a total of NT$600 million in transfers to its earthquake relief post office account, donations made through convenience stores and the Line Pay app, and donations from overseas individuals as of Feb. 9.
The figure does not include pledged donations from the central government and lawmakers.
As of Saturday, there are currently 751 people staying at the emergency shelters the county government has set up, which are being manned by 32 teams of volunteers made up of over 1,000 people.
Food, medical care, afterschool tutoring, telecom services and counseling are all being provided at the shelters, according to the county government's Social Affairs Department.
The county also said it has all the relief supplies it needs, having received a total of 16,490 items, divided into 115 types of supplies, including disposable tableware, toilet paper and wet wipes, children's and adult diapers, and toiletries.
On Friday, the government of Singapore sent a military aircraft to Hualien loaded with earthquake relief supplies, including medical supplies, tents and flashlights.
The department expressed its gratitude for the outpouring of donations and concern from the public and said it will do all it can to assist the survivors during the difficult time ahead for them.
Donations for the Hualien earthquake relief can be made to the county government's earthquake relief fund, account number 06533981. The government asks that donors specify that the donation is being made for earthquake relief.