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Employers urged to assist Indonesian workers from tsunami-hit areas

2018/12/24 18:10:19

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Taipei, Dec. 24 (CNA) Taiwan's Ministry of Labor on Monday urged employers to take the initiative in helping migrant workers who are from areas in Indonesia that were hit by a tsunami over the weekend.

Labor Minister Hsu Ming-chun (許銘春) made the appeal in a statement in which she urged employers to provide assistance to their Indonesian employees who needed to fly home to check on their families in the aftermath of the deadly tsunami.

The tsunami devastated coastal areas throughout the Sunda Strait late Saturday, killing at least 280 people, injuring over 1,000 and displacing more than 11,600 people, according to foreign media reports on Monday.

The fatal waves were believed to be related to an underwater landslide caused by the eruption of the Krakatoa volcano in the strait off the Indonesian island of Java.

There were 266,000 Indonesian migrants working in Taiwan as of the end of November, many in caregiving jobs, but the government did not provide an estimate of how many might come from the tsunami-affected areas.

Apart from Hsu's appeal, her ministry also expressed Taiwan's deep condolences for the victims of the natural disaster and pledged its full support in helping Indonesian workers in Taiwan whose families back home were affected by the tsunami.

Through the ministry's 1955 hotline, the workers can get information on the casualties and damage caused by the tsunami and on how to apply for leave from work so they can return home to be with their families, the statement said.

(By Wu Hsin-yun and Elizabeth Hsu)