Taiwan pledges US$1 million to Libya for flood relief efforts
Taipei, Sept. 14 (CNA) Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Thursday it will provide US$1 million in donations to Libya after devastating floods brought by Storm Daniel hit the north African nation, killing more than 5,300 people.
MOFA said in a press release that the pledged funding would be given to the Libyan government through an "appropriate" channel as part of efforts to help victims of the deadly floods resettle or rebuild their homes, without elaborating.
Despite the lack of diplomatic relations between the two sides and the absence of representative offices in each other's country, Taiwan's government has decided to provide assistance on humanitarian grounds, the release said.
According to the ministry, no Taiwanese are known to have been affected by the disaster, which had resulted in more than 5,300 deaths and about 10,000 missing as of Thursday.
Most deaths from the disaster have occurred in the eastern city of Derna, where two dams and four bridges collapsed as a result of heavy rainfall brought by the storm, international media reported.
The storm also hit other cities, including Benghazi, Bayda, and Susa, on Sunday and Monday, the reports said.
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