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Typhoon Morakot - Taiwan update

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The Presbyterian Church in Taiwan is providing food and daily necessities to the victims of Typhoon Morakot and helping with clean up efforts in the affected areas of the country. A Rescue and Restoration Committee has been set up and meets regularly to assess the situation in each of the affected areas. Their plan is to continue to supply food and daily necessities, rebuild homes and provide education assistance and counselling.

PCT and Local Churches Host and Help the Displaced

To date, a rescue and restoration station established by PCT in Kao-hsiung County has received 1,032 people, mostly from indigenous tribes, who evacuated their communities after their homes and livelihoods were washed away. The roads and bridges in and out of their communities were also cut off. Evacuees were transported to the station by helicopter for registration. They are being housed in ten local churches that have opened their facilities, as well as in a Presbyterian retreat centre - Galilee Mission Center - that has received over 500 of them.

The Costs

It costs about $5.50 to provide food and necessities to each person for a day. Since the people living in churches and the Galilee Mission Center have lost their homes, properties and livelihoods, PCT is planning to provide recovery for at least 6 months if not longer.

You can help bring relief to the people of Taiwan

Your donations are needed to support an emergency response in Taiwan to meet the growing needs of those affected by flooding, mudslides and destruction. Make a donation online, mail donations directly to the office, donate through your church or call PWS&D today at 1-800-619-7301, ext. 291. Please indicate "Taiwan Relief" on the donation.

Presbyterian World Service & Development is the development and relief agency of The Presbyterian Church in Canada.