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Taiwan donates US$250,000 to Indonesia for post-quake relief

2018/08/21 21:22:43

(From right to left) Chen Chung (陳忠), Ginandjar Kartasasmita and Lai Wei-hsin (賴維信)

Jakarta, Aug. 21 (CNA) Taiwan's government donated US$250,000 to Indonesia Tuesday to help with relief efforts in the wake of a magnitude 7.0 earthquake that left hundreds of people dead in the popular tourist destination of Lombok.

The donation was made in Jakarta by Taiwan's representative to Indonesia Chen Chung (陳忠) to Ginandjar Kartasasmita, acting chairman of the Indonesian Red Cross Society.

Meanwhile, a relief fund raised by Taiwanese businesses based in the Southeast Asian country totaling 930 million Indonesian rupiah (US$63,789) was also made to the Indonesian Red Cross by Lai Wei-hsin (賴維信), chairman of the Taiwan Business Club.

The fund donation will be used to purchase two ambulances and the construction of a clinic in Lombok, including medical equipment, Chen told CNA.

The fund will also provide a water truck and 10 storage tanks will be acquired to help the quake victims with their daily water needs, he added.

The magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Lombok Aug. 5, killing 460 people and injuring 7,773, according to official figures released Aug. 15.

(By Chi Jo-yao and Ko Lin)