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Nearly 3,000 servicemen take part in Hualien quake relief efforts

2018/02/13 17:26:42

Taipei, Feb. 13 (CNA) Nearly 3,000 military servicemen have been dispatched to Hualien to help with rescue and other disaster relief efforts since a magnitude 6.0 earthquake late on Feb. 6 resulted in damage and casualties in the area.

Ministry of National Defense spokesman Chen Chung-chi (陳中吉) said Tuesday that the military has sent 2,943 servicemen, 28 Lockheed C-130 Hercules flights loaded with supplies, 800 tents and different types of tools to help with the Hualien earthquake relief efforts.

Military personnel were among the first on the ground in the early hours of Feb. 7 to help with search and rescue efforts that were focused on the Yun Men Tsu Ti commercial and residential building and the Marshal Hotel, the two buildings most severely damaged in the earthquake with the most people trapped.

According to Chen, many members of the military are still in Hualien cleaning up the city and making it safe again for residents.

Taiwan's Army has published a video titled "Because of Love" on its official Facebook page that documents how people from across the country and overseas came together to help with disaster relief in the aftermath of the deadly earthquake.

The Army Command Headquarters commended its servicemen for the speed and efficiency of the rescue mission, which it attributed to years of experience with other natural disaster relief efforts.

These men and women of the military are Taiwan's prized resources, the Army said.

In total, 17 people died and 285 were injured in the earthquake, prompting the central government to look into how earthquake resistant buildings and structures in Taiwan really are.

(By Lu Hsin-hui and Kuan-lin Liu)
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