Gov’t donates food, flood relief funds to Central America allies

By Joseph Yeh, The China Post

The China Post–Taiwan has donated a combined US$1.1 million to four diplomatic allies of the country for flood relief and the purchase of goods amid flood disasters there, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced yesterday. Tropical downpours since early October have caused flooding and mudslides across majority of the Central America, Lin Cheng-hui (林正惠), deputy director-general of the MOFA’s Department of Central and South American Affairs, told at a regular MOFA briefing yesterday.

For humanitarian reason the government has donated US$300,000 each to Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua, and US$200,000 to Honduras, he said

The money donation will be mostly used in disaster relief purposes and in purchasing commodities for the victims, he said.

Meanwhile, Lin said that as part of Taiwan’s ongoing efforts to help Haiti rebuild itself after its devastating earthquake in January 2010, the Department of Health donated two batches of inspection and quarantine equipment to the Caribbean country in October. Another 20 cartons of water purifying tablets were also donated late in the month to help curbing Haiti’s worsening cholera epidemic, he said.