Government Announces Aid To Taiwan
The New Zealand Government has responded to the
humanitarian disaster following Taiwan's worst earthquake
on record by giving a grant of $150,000 to the New Zealand
Red Cross Appeal.
"We have been concerned by reports
outlining the full extent of damage, the continued
aftershocks and the difficult situation many Taiwanese are
facing" the Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon Simon
Upton said today.
"The Red Cross is already in Taiwan and
has been assisting with relief efforts. The New Zealand
Government wants to make a contribution of $150,000 to
"The latest aftershock toppled
buildings that were already weakened and dislodged
landslides creating further mayhem".
"While the hope of
finding survivors is now slim, there are countless homeless
people in need of clean water, shelter and medical
supplies". He added that he hoped that the funds provided
would be helpful in securing essential provisions for the
victims such as sleeping bags and tents.
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