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A-mei to donate NT$2 million for disaster relief in Taitung
【Society】2016-07-09  18:51:54
Taipei, July 9 (CNA) Pop diva Chang Hui-mei (張惠妹), better known by the stage name A-mei, will donate NT$2 million (US$62,050) to Taitung County for disaster relief and reconstruction in the wake of Typhoon Nepartak, her agent said Saturday.

The powerful storm wreaked havoc in Taitung, A-mei's home county in eastern Taiwan, when it made landfall there early Friday, packing winds of up to 205 kilometers per hour.

"This time, the Central Mountain Range blocked disaster for (the western) half of Taiwan, but my beloved, beloved hometown was damaged," A-mei wrote on her Facebook page Saturday.

She said eastern Taiwan will need assistance and support because the path to reconstruction will be long and hard.

Through her agent, she pledged an initial donation of NT$2 million to the Taitung County government to help with the rebuilding efforts.

"This is just a start," A-mei said via her agent Chen Zhen-chuan (陳鎮川). "I will continue do my best to assist with the reconstruction work in Taitung."

A-mei, who is in Mongolia for a performance Saturday night, said that when she returns to Taiwan on Sunday she will clear her schedule so that she could go immediately to her hometown to see her relatives and friends, according to Chen.

"Taitung people are brave and tough," A-mei wrote on her Facebook page. "I know that even in times of trouble, we can still see the most beautiful sight in Taitung, which is the smile on the faces of its good and contented people."

On Saturday, Premier Lin Chuan (林全) said the Cabinet will allocate NT$300 million (US$9.3 million) for the relief and reconstruction work in Taitung.

The ruling Democratic Progressive Party and its legislative caucus have each pledged NT$500,000 to assist in the aftermath of the storm damage in Taitung.

As of noon Saturday, over 20,000 households in Taitung were still without power and close to 8,000 were without water.

The total losses in Taitung have been estimated at NT$2 billion, with agricultural losses in excess of NT$600 million.

(By Wu Wan-ting, Sophia Yeh, Christie Chen and Lilian Wu)
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