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Team formed to help families of Chinese victims in Hualien quake

2018/02/12 22:28:38

Chang Hsiao-yueh (張小月, front left)

Taipei, Feb. 12 (CNA) A special task force has been assigned to help the families of Chinese victims who died in the magnitude 6.0 earthquake that struck Hualien County last week, Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Monday.

Arrangements related to transportation and accommodation and other assistance will be provided to the victims' family members, said Chang Hsiao-yueh (張小月), the chief of the agency in charge of coordinating Taiwan's China policy.

Speaking before a joint memorial service to honor the victims of the deadly earthquake, Chang also thanked authorities in China for having extended their sympathies to the victims of the tragedy.

Earlier Monday, China's Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) spokesman An Fengshan (安峰山) said other Chinese agencies have already sent personnel to accompany the families of their injured nationals to Taiwan to deal with the situation.

He expressed Beijing's appreciation for the effort and assistance provided by rescue workers in Taiwan to Chinese affected by the earthquake and said several groups in China had donated a total of 20.87 million Chinese yuan (NT$96.82 million) to Taiwan for its post-relief efforts.

The groups include the Association for Relations across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), Taiwanese businesses in China, the Red Cross Society of China.

The magnitude 6.0 earthquake jolted eastern Taiwan on Feb. 6, leaving 17 dead and 285 injured.

Among the deceased, nine were visitors from China, according to data from the Central Emergency Operation Center.

(By Liu Kuan-ting and Ko Lin)