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Taiwan donates US$500,000 to Indonesia following deadly tsunami

2018/12/25 21:10:25

Taipei, Dec. 25 (CNA) Taiwan's government has decided to donate US$500,000 to Indonesia to support relief efforts in the wake of a volcanic eruption and deadly tsunami over the weekend that left hundreds dead, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced Tuesday.

The ministry will hand the relief funds to the Indonesian government to assist the country with post-disaster relief efforts and aid the reconstruction of areas affected by the natural disaster, a MOFA statement said.

The decision to make the donation was based on humanitarian need and the close friendship between Taiwan and Indonesia, the ministry said, adding that the Southeast Asian country is an important partner in the country's ongoing New Southbound Policy.

Currently more than 260,000 Indonesian migrant workers work in Taiwan while another 5,000 Indonesian students study in the country, it noted.

Meanwhile, the ministry said Taiwan's military is standing by to deploy four C-130 transport planes to Indonesia to help with disaster relief work, pending a decision by the Indonesian side.

At least 429 people have been killed, 1,485 injured and 154 remain missing, while 16,082 people sought safety and shelter away from their homes, following a tsunami that hit coastal towns in Indonesia along the Sunda Strait late Saturday, according to government officials.

The tsunami was triggered Saturday night by underwater landslides caused by the eruption of the Krakatoa volcano in the Sunda Strait, which lies between the islands of Java and Sumatra, according to international media.

MOFA previously said that six Taiwanese citizens, stranded in the wake of the volcanic eruption and deadly tsunami at the weekend, have been confirmed safe.

(By Joseph Yeh)