Taiwan donates 100,000 euros to Venice for post-disaster recovery

A woman tries to cross a flooded street as people walk on a trestle bridge during high water, in Venice, northern Italy, Nov. 15, 2019. (Andrea Merola/ANSA via AP)
A woman tries to cross a flooded street as people walk on a trestle bridge during high water, in Venice, northern Italy, Nov. 15, 2019. (Andrea Merola/ANSA via AP)

TAIPEI (CNA) — Taiwan’s government has donated 100,000 euros to the Italian city of Venice to help with recovery efforts in the wake of severe flooding in November, which damaged many cultural and heritage sites, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Saturday.

In the worst flooding in Venice in more than 50 years, the 11th-century St. Mark’s Basilica and many other historic churches were damaged.

The Querini-Stampalia Foundation, a cultural institution founded in 1869, also suffered a huge blow after many of its collections of historical books and artwork came under water.

The Italian government has since initiated a fundraising campaign for post-disaster recovery efforts in Venice, MOFA said.

On Friday, Taiwan’s representative to Italy Lee Sing-ying (李新穎) handed over a donation of 100,000 euros to Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro, on behalf of the Taiwan government, MOFA said.

Expressing gratitude to Taiwan, Brugnaro said he hoped exchanges between the two sides would continue to grow and flourish, the ministry said.

The historical city of Venice in northeastern Italy, known for its art and architecture, is a major destination for tourists. Since the severe flooding on Nov. 12, visits to the city have dropped.

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