Taiwan expresses condolences to Vietnam on tropical storm deaths

10/14/2020 03:35 PM
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Flooding in the central Vietnamese city of Huế. Photo courtesy of a member of the public Oct. 12, 2020
Flooding in the central Vietnamese city of Huế. Photo courtesy of a member of the public Oct. 12, 2020

Taipei, Oct. 14 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) expressed condolences to Vietnam on Wednesday over the damage, injuries and deaths brought by Tropical Storm Nangka to the Southeast Asian country.

The storm has ravaged central Vietnam with heavy rain and flooding over the past two days, and has killed nearly 30 people in the country, leaving dozens more missing, according to local media reports.

Upon hearing of the situation, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) instructed Larry R.L. Tseng (曾瑞利), who heads MOFA's Department of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, to offer Taiwan's condolences to Vietnam, according to a statement from the ministry.

Tseng expressed the sentiments to Nguyen Anh Dung, director of the Vietnam Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei, adding that Taiwan is willing to provide help if necessary, the statement said.

The statement quoted Nguyen as expressing gratitude for Taiwan's concern and saying that he would relay the message to his superiors.

Taiwan's Representative to Vietnam Richard R.C. Shih (石瑞琦) also expressed his condolences to the Vietnamese government, the statement said.

So far, no Taiwanese nationals have been reported injured or killed in the storm, according to the Taipei Economic and Cultural office in Vietnam.

Flooding in the central Vietnamese city of Huế. Photo courtesy of a member of the public Oct. 12, 2020
Flooding in the central Vietnamese city of Huế. Photo courtesy of a member of the public Oct. 12, 2020

(By Chen Yun-yu and Chiang Yi-ching)

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