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Palau's president thanks Taiwan for typhoon relief

2013/12/24 21:56:21

(Photo courtesy of the ROC Navy)

Taipei, Dec. 24 (CNA) The president of the Republic of Palau expressed his appreciation to Taiwan's government Tuesday for donating relief supplies in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Western Pacific nation in early November.

Tommy E. Remengesau said at a donation ceremony that the relief goods from Taiwan, including 44 prefabricated houses, standpipes, rice and instant noodles, were the biggest post-disaster international relief supplies that Palau has ever received, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

The Red Cross Society of the Republic of China helped display two of the prefabricated houses at the ceremony, which was held in the square in front of Palau's Presidential Office, the statement said.

The 160 tons of relief goods were brought by two Taiwanese Navy vessels earlier this month and delivered through the assistance of the Embassy of the Republic of China and Palau's government, the ministry said.

Taiwan has now donated money and relief supplies with a total value of some US$1.33 million to Palau -- one of the country's 22 diplomatic allies -- in the wake of Haiyan, the ministry said. The aid includes a donation of US$100,000 made by the government last month.

Palau, an island country of 21,000 residents, was battered by powerful wind and torrential rain brought by Haiyan, which caused serious damage to infrastructure and schools.

(By Tang Pei-chun and Jeffrey Wu)