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Taiwan needs more materials from mainland for typhoon relief

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The Taiwan-based Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) on Saturday said the island is in urgent need of more materials from the mainland in the relief work after Typhoon Morakot swept the island.

In a letter to the mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), SEF said it hopes the mainland could provide manual and automatic sterilizing machines, blankets and sleeping bags.

The SEF previously asked for mobile homes from the mainland.

ARATS officials has pledged to send those materials to Taiwan as soon as possible.

Also on Saturday, an official with the Taiwan Work Office of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, said the mainland will provide any necessary relief materials needed by Taiwan compatriots affected by Morakot, the worst typhoon on the island for 50 years.

The office has requested factories to manufacture portable shelters day and night, and the first batch is expected to arrive in Taiwan Monday at the soonest.

The confirmed death toll from Typhoon Morakot was 121 people as of 8 a.m. Saturday, but Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou said Friday it could reach 500.

Mainland Red Cross organizations, banks, Buddhist associations and large companies have donated millions of yuan to help with the relief work.

Editor: Zhang Xiang