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Taiwan donates to rebuilding efforts post-Hurricane Maria in U.S.

2018/01/26 13:36:16

Philip T.Y. Wang (王贊禹, left) and Ricardo Rossello/ Photo courtesy of TECO in Miami

Washington, Jan. 25 (CNA) As the U.S. rebuilds in the wake of the devastation of Hurricane Maria, Taiwan is lending a helping hand to disaster relief efforts with a US$20,000 donation each to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

According to a press statement from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Miami, Director General Philip T.Y. Wang (王贊禹) visited St. Croix, the largest of the islands that make up the Virgin Islands from Jan. 10-11.

During his visit, he met with Osbert Potter, lieutenant-governor of the Virgin Islands, and donated US$20,000 to disaster relief efforts that will be used by the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands to rebuild after the hurricane in September.

Wang made a similar trip to Puerto Rico from Jan. 16-18, during which he met with Governor Ricardo Rossello and other officials.

Also during the visit, he presented a donation of US$20,000 to Mariely Rivera, executive director of Unidos por Puerto Rico, a relief foundation helping families and small businesses affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria last year.

The governor expressed his desire to visit Taiwan once rebuilding in Puerto Rico makes more progress.

Taiwan donated US$800,000 for local governments and community disaster relief efforts in Texas and Louisiana following Hurricane Harvey last year.

(By Rita Cheng and Kuan-lin Liu)