Taiwan to donate US$200,000 to Philippines after storm damage

Taipei, Taiwan's government will donate US$200,000 (NT$6.18 million) to the Philippines to support relief efforts there after Tropical Depression Usman devastated the central part of the country at the end of December.

Taiwan is very concerned about the situation in the Philippines and decided to make the donation based on humanitarian needs and the close friendship between Taiwan and the Philippines, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said in a statement Friday.

The donation will help the Philippines with post-disaster relief efforts and support reconstruction of areas affected by the natural disaster, the ministry said.

Taiwan is also willing to provided daily necessities and other assistance specifically needed by those affected, the statement said.

The storm cut through the Philippines in the days after Christmas and has left at least 100 people dead. Estimates of agricultural losses caused by Usman to date have ranged between US$6 million and US$8 million.

No Taiwanese were killed or injured in the storm, the ministry said.

It urged Taiwanese citizens not to visit affected areas in the Philippines for the time being and said those who plan to visit other areas of the Philippines should be alert and exercise extreme caution. In case of emergency, Taiwanese nationals can call Taiwan's representative office in Manila at (+63) 917-819-4597 or ask their family members or friends in Taiwan to call 0800-085-095 for help, the ministry advised.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel