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Typhoon victims thank Ma for quick government help

2011/08/31 21:38:27

Kaohsiung, Aug. 31 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou paid a visit to Pingtung County Wednesday to check up on evacuated Typhoon Nanmadol victims, who thanked the government for its quick response to the typhoon.

The southern county's 137 Te-wen villagers, mostly indigenous, were evacuated Sunday to nearby Ta-wu military barrack as the typhoon approached with torrential downpours.

Ma, accompanied by Minister of National Defense Kao Hua-chu, Executive Yuan Secretary-General Lin Chung-sen, Lieutenant General Li Hsiang-chou, and Pingtung County Deputy Magistrate Chung Chia-pin, was welcomed with three Paiwan tribe songs.

A 90-year-old Paiwanese woman took off her ring and gave it to Ma out of appreciation. The president quickly put it on and expressed gratitude to the woman as well as to all residents for cooperation in the evacuation.

Ma promised to pave a way for residents to return home by repairing damaged roads, telling villagers to be on high alert to every typhoon in order to minimize the loss.

Around 10,000 people were evacuated due to Nanmadol, and more than 4,000 of them were temporarily sheltered on military sites.

(By Chen Shou-gow and Hebe Wang)