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Taiwan helps Thai schools rebuild after flood

2012/04/24 18:50:05

Bangkok, April 24 (CNA) Taiwan's representative to Thailand, Henry Chen, donated US$100,000 Monday on behalf of the Taiwanese government to help eight schools in Thailand's Ayutthaya Province rebuild after the worst flooding in decades last year.

Chen presented the money to the World Vision Thailand charity, which will carry out the restoration project. Witthaya Pewpong, the governor of Ayutthaya Province, as well as the principals of the eight schools, also attended the donation ceremony.

Chen noted that Taiwan donated US$200,000 in the early stages of the flooding and shipped five batches of aid in the wake of the disaster.

The floodwater in Ayutthaya subsided last December and students have returned to school, but some buildings, including libraries and school cafeterias, were severely damaged, said Pewpong.

Although Taiwan and Thailand do not have diplomatic ties, Pewpong said, bilateral relations are more valuable than official ties and he expressed appreciation for the assistance from Taiwan and Thailand-based Taiwanese businessmen since the flooding started in late July last year.

After the ceremony, Chen visited Taiwanese businesses in an industrial zone, where some companies have resumed operations while others are still waiting for insurance reimbursement.

(By Namita Lin and Jamie Wang)