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More Taiwanese groups to extend helping hand to quake-hit Nepal

More Taiwanese groups to extend helping hand to quake-hit Nepal

Taipei, April 30 (CNA) Two more teams organized by Taiwanese charity groups are set to provide relief assistance to survivors in Nepal in the wake of a magnitude-7.8 earthquake that devastated large areas of the Himalayan country and killed thousands. One of the teams is a 60-member group from the New Taipei-based Taiwan Root Medical Peace Corps, said Ray Mou (???), director-general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Department of NGO International Affairs, at a news briefing. The group, which is scheduled to depart for Nepal May 2, will consist of doctors, nurses and volunteers, and will begin offering medical services to the injured as soon as it arrives, the Taiwan Root Medical Peace Corps told CNA. They are set to stay there for a week, it added. Meanwhile, the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation is preparing to send a second team, Mou said. In cooperation with the Indonesian government, the foundation will send a group of Indonesian doctors and Tzu Chi volunteers to provide help with relief efforts, he added. The earthquake, the worst to strike Nepal since 1934, occurred approximately 80 kilometers to the northwest of the country's capital of Kathmandu April 25, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It destroyed buildings in Kathmandu and severely affected rural areas across the region. The death toll has surpassed 5,000 and more than 10,000 have been injured, foreign media reported. Many countries around the world have launched massive aid operations to help the survivors. So far, four teams from Taiwan have arrived in Nepal to assist with the rescue effort and deliver relief supplies, Mou said. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-21 22:36 GMT+08:00