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Company donates money to help tsunami victims in Indonesia

2018/11/02 22:12:41

File photo courtesy of Antara news agency

Taipei, Nov. 2 (CNA) Taipei-based Fubon Financial Holding Co. will donate NT$8 million (US$262,000) in relief aid to help victims of a massive earthquake and tsunami that struck Indonesia on Sept. 28, the company announced Friday.

Fubon Financial Holdings Chairman Richard Tsai (蔡明興) said the donation will be made to World Vision in the hope that Fubon can contribute to the reconstruction of the disaster-hit areas through programs initiated by the Christian humanitarian aid organization.

Citing World Vision data, Tsai said the natural disasters on the island of Sulawesi have left more than 2 million people homeless, and some of the affected areas still face severe shortages of food and medicines.

In addition, because transportation and communication links connecting Sulawesi with the outside world have yet to be restored after being cut off during the disaster, the affected areas are facing the threat of infectious disease outbreaks because of poor hygienic conditions, Tsai said.

According to data released by the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management in early October, the magnitude 7.5 earthquake and ensuing tsunami on Sept. 28 left more than 1,900 people dead, more than 2,500 people injured, and nearly 75,000 displaced.

They also destroyed or damaged more than 70,000 homes, the figures showed.

(By Tien Yu-pin and Elizabeth Hsu)