Taiwan aids in relief assistance
The Trade Mission of Taiwan to Fiji presented a FJD$30, 000 cheque today to the Fiji Red Cross Society to assist in the rehabilitation of those affected in the Western Division.
The Mission’s representative Mr Ming Chang said Taiwan is always ready to assist during times of disaster.
“Taiwan and Fiji are very small countries and we both have the same challenges so we know how devastating it can be for the people”, Mr Chang said.
“This small assistance is a way of saying to the people of Fiji that we are always here to help one another.”
Mr Chang said that Taiwan supports the work done by the Government, non – governmental organizations, donor agencies and international partners in coming to Fiji’s aid.
“We are currently in discussion with Minister for Health Dr Neil Sharma for aid in the medical field especially in the time of disaster,” Mr Chang said.
The donation by Taiwan has brought the total donations received by Red Cross to $1.2 million.
Red Cross disaster coordinator Eseroma Ledua thanked all that assisted saying it will go a long way.
“There are many business houses, NGO’s, donor agencies and other international development partners and individuals who came up to assist during the flooding,” Mr Ledua said.
“Without them the relief efforts of Red Cross would be limited.”
The Fiji Red Cross Society deployed more than 100 volunteers during the flooding in the western division.