Taiwan donates money for post-Sandy reconstruction work

New York, Nov. 16 (CNA) Taiwan donated US$300,000 Friday to New York City, New York State and New Jersey State for the reconstruction of communities that were destroyed by Superstorm Sandy last month. The money will be distributed equally among the three destinations, which were among the hardest-hit areas, for post-storm reconstruction work, said Andrew Kao, director of Taiwan's representative office in New York, who presented the donation at New York City Hall. Christine C. Quinn, speaker of the city council, received the donation on behalf of Mayor Michael Bloomberg and expressed gratitude for Taiwan's aid. Quinn said Sandy wreaked serious havoc in the New York area, where thousands of people are still homeless and can only live in shelters. Many children cannot go to school and a lot of families do not know how they will be able to celebrate Thanksgiving Day next week, she said. Part of the donation will go to a foundation Bloomberg established and will be able to not only help the reconstruction of small- and medium-sized enterprises in the city, but also allow children and their homeless families to have a feast on Thanksgiving Day, Quinn said. Sandy, one of the biggest storms to hit the U.S. in decades, made landfall on the New Jersey coastline Oct. 29. It claimed more than 100 lives and caused mass transit shutdowns in the eastern U.S., flooding in large parts of New York City, and power outages that left millions of households without electricity, according to reports. (By Leaf Chiang and Elizabeth Hsu)