Taiwan thanks international community for support after quake

02/07/2018 11:14 PM

Taipei, Feb. 7 (CNA) Taiwan has received condolences from the governments of its diplomatic allies and other friendly nations on the losses suffered in a powerful earthquake that struck Hualien County in eastern Taiwan late Tuesday, the presidential office said Wednesday.

In response, the Taiwan government has expressed its thanks for the outpouring of sympathy and support, according to the presidential office.

As of Wednesday night, Taiwan had received messages of sympathy from the United States, Japan, Singapore, Australia, Belize, Canada, the Czech Republic, the Dominican Republic, France, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Poland, St. Lucia, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the European Union, the office said.

It said some of those countries have also offered to provide any assistance Taiwan might need.

Pope Frances and Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama have also sent condolences, the presidential office said.

The magnitude 6.0 earthquake has left at least seven people dead, 260 injured and 67 unaccounted for, according to the latest report from the Central Emergency Operation Center.

(By Yeh Su-ping and Romulo Huang)

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