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Taichung woman joins clean-up team in Pingtung

Taipei, Aug. 27 (CNA) A female member of a Taichung County public sanitation squad has volunteered to help with the post-typhoon clean-up work in southern Taiwan, which makes her the only woman on a team from the Taichung County Environmental Protection Bureau that is helping out in the hardest hit disaster areas.
Over the past week, Tsai Ching-yu, 47, has been working alongside the male members of her squad in Jiadong township in the southernmost county of Pingtung, one of the areas deluged by floods and mudslides when Typhoon Morakot slammed into Taiwan Aug. 7-9.
Tsai, mother of three, has been doing her share of almost all the "dirty" work that the squad from central Taiwan has been carrying out in the southern township.
She has been helping to clear dirt from the streets, remove debris and garbage, and wash cars that were "unearthed" after the floods and mudslides.
Tsai said she volunteered for the clean-up mission in Pingtung County because she had no extra money to donate to the victims but reckoned that she could made some other contribution.
She said all three of her children have been supportive of her decision.
"Actually I've gained more than I've given over the past week, as my family has become more tightly knit and my children have learned to be independent while I've been away," she said.
(By Deborah Kuo)