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Taiwan makes donation to Iran quake relief efforts

2012/09/20 20:14:40

Taipei, Sept. 20 (CNA) Taiwan's government donated US$150,000 worth of supplies to assist earthquake victims in Iran, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Thursday, expressing the hope that the victims could reconstruct their homes as soon as possible.

Two strong earthquakes, with magnitudes of 6.4 and 6.3, rocked Iran's East Azerbaijan Province Aug. 11. At least 300 were killed and more than 3,000 injured in the quakes.

Since Taiwan and Iran are both located in earthquake-prone areas, Taiwan's government could strongly empathize with the suffering caused by the natural disaster, the ministry said.

In view of offering relief without borders, the Taiwan government and its people reached out to help the quake victims in Iran with the hope that reconstruction work could proceed steadily so people could soon safely return home, the ministry said.

The ministry noted that the government made the donation through the Red Cross Society of the Republic of China.

(By Emmanuelle Tzeng and Nell Shen)