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Premier visits typhoon-ravaged Taitung
【Society】2016-07-09  15:08:54
Taipei, July 9 (CNA) Premier Lin Chuan (林全) visited Taitung Saturday to inspect the damage caused by Typhoon Nepartak, and instructed his government to allocate NT$300 million (US$9.3 million) to assist with the relief and reconstruction work in the southeastern county.

After arriving in Taitung, the worst affected county, the premier met with soldiers who were assisting with relief and cleanup work, before visiting senior citizens who were relocated from a nursing home during the typhoon.

He then visited farms ravaged by Nepartak and spoke with farmers.

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), meanwhile, shared photos of soldiers cleaning up the streets in Taitung on her Facebook page Saturday.

"Making all efforts to help people in Taitung rebuild their homes," she wrote in the post.

As of noon Saturday, over 20,000 households were still left without power and close to 8,000 were without water in the county. Overall losses in Taitung amounted to NT$2 billion, with agricultural losses surpassing NT$600 million.

The ruling Democratic Progressive Party legislative caucus said Saturday it will donate NT$500,000 to the Taitung County government to assist with disaster relief.

The opposition Kuomintang said it has sent relief items, including rice, cleaning supplies and furniture, to Taitung for the residents in need.

The Taitung County government is recruiting volunteers to assist with post-typhoon relief work, especially people who specialize in ironwork and carpentry. Volunteers can call the 1999 hotline from Taitung or leave their contact number in the website link https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1JFdtm7stMC-1GLn9H85AK9a5SIb-RmyuxPSm6xxKqZE/viewform if they live outside of Taitung and would like to volunteer.

The county government said it is also in need of large machinery, such as cranes and grab trucks. The machinery can be used to pick up large objects, such as metal sign boards, that were knocked down by the typhoons' strong winds.

(By Tyson Lu and Christie Chen)
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