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Singaporean military planes with relief supplies heading for Taiwan

2018/02/09 14:12:05

Taipei, Feb. 9 (CNA) Singapore is sending two military aircraft, loaded with earthquake relief supplies, to Hualien on Friday afternoon, according to the county government.

The two planes are scheduled to arrive at Hualien Airport at 14:30 p.m. and the cargo, including medical supplies, tents and flashlights, is expected to be unloaded by 16:30 p.m., the local government said in a statement.

Lee Hung-maan (李宏滿), Hualien County government deputy secretary-general, will be at the airport to receive the shipment on behalf of the local government and to thank Singapore, the statement said.

On Wednesday, the Singaporean Foreign Ministry issued a statement, saying the country's government was saddened to learn of the loss of lives and damage caused by the earthquake that struck Hualien.

"We send our condolences to those affected by the disaster and stand ready to offer our assistance if required," the government of Singapore said.

Taiwan's military spokesman Chen Chung-chi (陳中吉) on Friday confirmed that the Singaporean military transport planes were due to arrive and said it was part of a humanitarian assistance cooperation effort.

"We're grateful for the gesture," Chen said.

The magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Hualien close to midnight Tuesday, killing at least 10 people, injuring hundreds, and causing widespread infrastructure damage.

(By Joseph Yeh)