Gov­ern­ment, groups pledge to help earth­quake-hit Nepal

The China Post - - FRONT PAGE -

Tai­wan’s gov­ern­ment agen­cies and civic groups have be­gun so­lic­it­ing dona­tions as they pre­pare to head to Nepal to pro­vide re­lief to the land­locked coun­try af­ter it was bat­tered by a pow­er­ful earth­quake on Satur­day.

Pre­mier Mao Chi-kuo ( ) sent his deep­est con­do­lences on Sun­day to Nepal’s gov­ern­ment and to ev­ery­one af­fected by the mag­ni­tude 7.8 earth­quake through Tai­wan’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive in In­dia Tien Chung-kwang, who was in Nepal when the tem­blor hit.

Tai­wan’s gov­ern­ment and non­govern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions will do ev­ery­thing they can to help with dis­as­ter re­lief and post- dis­as­ter re­con­struc­tion, Mao promised, ac­cord­ing to Ex­ec­u­tive Yuan spokesman Sun Lih-chyun ( ).

Tai­wan’s gov­ern­ment has also do­nated NT$ 9.2 mil­lion (US$300,000) in sup­port of dis­as­ter re­lief ef­forts, and Tien and the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs have set up a task force to help with the dis­as­ter re­sponse.

The Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs has also be­gun col­lect­ing dona­tions through a spe­cial bank ac­count opened by the Min­istry of Health and Wel­fare.

In ad­di­tion, sev­eral hos­pi­tals af­fil­i­ated with the Health Min­istry have or­ga­nized med­i­cal teams ready to travel to Nepal and pro­vide med­i­cal aid to peo­ple af­fected by the earth­quake.

The spe­cial search and res­cue team of the New Taipei City Fire Depart­ment, mean­while, is pre­pared to head to Nepal should its as­sis­tance be needed.

An­other civic group, the non­profit Tai­wan Root Med­i­cal Peace Corps ( TRMPC) plans to de­part for Nepal on May 1 to pro­vide med­i­cal aid to af­fected peo­ple if the Nepalese gov­ern­ment is will­ing to ac­cept for­eign aid and re­open air­ports in the coun­try, the group’s chair­man Liu Chi-chun said Sun­day.

The med­i­cal team is ex­pected to stay in Nepal un­til May 10 if the trip comes off, pro­vided that rel­e­vant con­di­tions are met, ac­cord­ing to Liu.

The group has ex­pressed its will­ing­ness to par­tic­i­pate in in­ter­na­tional re­lief op­er­a­tions in the coun­try through Tai­wan’s Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs, Tai­wan’s Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Tien and a Ja­panese non­govern­men­tal med­i­cal Liu said.

Also Sun­day, the Bud­dhist Com­pas­sion Re­lief Tzu Chi Foun­da­tion said it will send an ad­vance de­tach­ment to af­fected ar­eas in Nepal to gain an un­der­stand­ing of what kind of as­sis­tance is needed there.

The Red Cross So­ci­ety of the Repub­lic of China (Tai­wan) has set up a spe­cial bank ac­count to re­ceive dona­tions to help with earth­quake re­lief and re­con­struc­tion ef­forts in Nepal.

Sim­i­larly, the non­profit Waker Wel­fare Ac­tion As­so­ci­a­tion and Pres­i­dent Chain Store Corp. have be­gun so­lic­it­ing dona­tions for the cause through the ibon sys­tem found in the more than 5,000 7- Eleven con­ve­nience stores around Tai­wan.



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