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Taiwan ready to provide assistance to quake-hit Haiti

 People carry an injured person after an earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010.  The largest earthquake ever recorded in the are...

Haiti Earthquake

People carry an injured person after an earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010. The largest earthquake ever recorded in the are...

Taipei, Jan. 13 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Wednesday set up an emergency response panel in anticipation of needs for assistance from Haiti, which was hit by a destructive magnitude 7.0 earthquake.
The ministry is still trying to collect information concerning the disaster and will provide the Caribbean nation with the necessary aid and supplies, according to MOFA spokesman Henry Chen.
Meanwhile, officials at the Taipei City Fire Department said that a rescue team from the city is ready to depart for Haiti whenever necessary to help with earthquake response efforts.
There are currently 140 workers and eight search and rescue dogs on the Taipei City Urban Search and Rescue Team, which is affiliated to the fire department, the officials noted.
The team was established in 2000 following the magnitude 7.3 earthquake that hit Taiwan on Sept. 21, 1999 and killed thousands of people.
Over the years, the team has participated in many international rescue missions, including the 2001 El Salvador earthquake, the 2003 Iran earthquake, the 2004 Indonesia tsunami, and the 2008 Sichuan earthquake in China, they said.
In Taiwan, the team has taken part in the rescue efforts following Typhoon Toraji in 2001, an earthquake on March. 31, 2002, Typhoon Mindulle and Typhoon Aere in 2004, and Typhoon Morakot in 2009, they added.
(By Lin Shen-hsu and Y.F. Low)




Updated : 2021-10-29 06:11 GMT+08:00