TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Taiwanese building is housing survivors of the magnitude 7.2 earthquake that struck Haiti on Aug. 14 and killed over 2,000 people, reports said Tuesday (Aug. 24).
A total of 10 agricultural service centers built with aid from Taiwan withstood the tremor and are now helping to provide living quarters for almost 1,000 people that were forced to leave their homes, according to the Liberty Times.
Immediately after the quake, the Taiwanese Embassy in Haiti helped with the supply of masks, protective clothing, oxygen-generating devices, sleeping bags, and food. In addition, buildings that had been erected to help farmers endured the earthquake, and now they are serving as temporary housing for survivors in the south of the country to shelter from storms, the report said.
Since the deadly tremor, a total of 851,000 kilograms of rice has reached Haitians with the assistance of a government fund and the NGO Food for the Poor. Heavy machinery mobilized by Taiwan has been helping repair roads to restore communications between hard-hit areas.