Taiwan volunteers restore homes of Japan typhoon victims

A volunteer continues to clean up mud from last week's Typhoon Hagibis, in Nagano, central Japan, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019. (Keisuke Koito/Kyodo News via AP)
A volunteer continues to clean up mud from last week's Typhoon Hagibis, in Nagano, central Japan, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019. (Keisuke Koito/Kyodo News via AP)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — Twelve Taiwan people recently volunteered to help the victims of typhoon Hagibis restore their home in northeastern Japan, according to various media reports.

Hagibis, one of the most devastating typhoons in recent years, landed in Japan on Oct. 12, causing 89 deaths as well as major floodings and other damages. Many areas have yet recovered from the disaster and thousands are still living in shelters.

Against this backdrop, 12 people from Taiwan volunteered to travel to Marumori in Miyagi Prefecture, one of the most affected regions by the typhoon, to help rebuild houses, according to local news outlets.

In an interview with Kyodo News, one of the volunteers surnamed Chen said he was also a victim of the 1999 Jiji earthquake in Taiwan.

The 41-year-old who owns a dessert shop said the Japanese offered their help after the aforesaid earthquake that killed 2,415 people. After he saw the news, he said that Marumori lacked people to restore the area, he, therefore, decided to recruit some of his friends and family members to help the victims of the typhoon.

According to the report, Chen also volunteered to help out people in need after heavy rain impacted western Japan last summer.

By Carol Kan