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Taiwan offers help with earthquake rescue efforts in Philippines

Taiwan's National Fire Agency's special search team prepared to go on rescue mission to Philippines

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In this photo provided by the Bureau of Fire Protection, rescuers check on a damaged house wall after a strong earthquake struck Santiago, Ilocos Sur ...

In this photo provided by the Bureau of Fire Protection, rescuers check on a damaged house wall after a strong earthquake struck Santiago, Ilocos Sur ...

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan is offering to help with rescue efforts after a massive earthquake struck the northern Philippines on Wednesday (July 27).

At 8:43 a.m. that morning, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck at a shallow depth of 10 km in the province of Abra on the northern island of Luzon, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. At a press conference that day, Interior Secretary Benjamin Abalos, said that four were killed, 60 injured, 173 buildings damaged, and 58 landslides reported, according to AP.

When Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) saw reports of the earthquake, he immediately instructed Wallace Chow (周民淦), head of the ministry's Department of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, to contact Manila Economic and Cultural Office Deputy Resident Representative Teodoro Luis B. Javelosa Jr., according to a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) press release.

During the phone call, Chow expressed his heartfelt sympathies on behalf of the Taiwanese government and people. Chow stated that a special search and rescue team of Taiwan's National Fire Agency have completed preparations to be dispatched to the Philippines.

He said that if the Philippines needs help with earthquake search and rescue efforts, Taiwan is willing to provide assistance. Teodoro responded by thanking the Taiwanese government for their sympathy and concern and said that his country will request assistance if necessary.

In addition, Taiwan's representative to the Philippines, Michael Hsu (徐佩勇), expressed his sympathies on behalf of the Taiwan government to Silvestre Bello III, the new MECO chairman and representative to Taiwan, and expressed the nation's willingness to provide rescue assistance.

According to Taiwan's representative office in the Philippines, local Taiwanese businessmen and Taiwanese citizens in the area affected by the quake are safe. The representative office in the Philippines and MOFA pledged to closely monitor developments with the disaster and maintain contact with Philippine government agencies to provide necessary assistance in a timely manner.

If Taiwanese nationals encounter an emergency in the Philippines and need assistance, they can call the emergency contact number of Taiwan's representative office in the country: +63-917-819-4597. Alternatively, they can ask friends and relatives to call MOFA's hotline inside Taiwan: 0800-085-095.