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Taiwan offers to help Mexico with post-earthquake relief

2017/09/20 15:12:00

Photo courtesy of AFP

Taipei, Sept. 20 (CNA) Taiwan has offered to help Mexico after the central part of the country was hit by a magnitude-7.1 earthquake that killed at least 216 people and left many others trapped under toppled buildings.

"If Mexico needs our help, Taiwan's search and rescue personnel and dogs are fully prepared and can fly to Mexico immediately to offer help," Executive Yuan spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇) said Wednesday.

According to Taiwan's representative office in Mexico, five Taiwanese were affected by the natural disaster.

Chen Po-wen (陳博文), who runs a shoe business in Mexico, and four other Taiwanese along with nine Mexican employees are thought to have been in Chen's office when the powerful temblor toppled their building in Mexico City.

(By Flor Wang)