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Tzu Chi relief efforts to victims of Typhoon Morakot in Taiwan, 18 Aug 2009

News and Press Release
Originally published
Since the evening of August 7, Typhoon Morakot has caused the worst damage from flooding and mudslide in southern Taiwan in the past 50 years, resulting in numerous deaths and leaving hundreds of thousands of residents hungry and homeless.

In response to this disaster, Tzu Chi volunteers mobilized immediately to provide disaster relief in all severely affected counties (including Nantou, Chiayi, Tainan, Kaohsiung, and Taitung). To date, 90,000 Tzu Chi volunteers have served in disaster areas to assist victims. Tzu Chi will continue its relief efforts, providing supply kits, emergency cash assistance, free health care clinics, house cleaning and emotional support. Tzu Chi relief to victims of Typhoon Morakot to date is summarized in the following table.

Table: Summary of Tzu Chi's relief work as of 17 August 2009

Name of service or good
Quantity (in thousands)
Instant rice meals
Instant noodles packs
Hot meals
Eco-friendly blankets
Reusable bowls and utensil set
Toiletry kits
Emergency cash (per household)

Note: Toiletry kits include a towel, a toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, plus food.

Tzu Chi is implementing its relief plan to help typhoon survivors. In the short-term, Tzu Chi will continue to provide relief goods and supplies, care and medical service. Tzu Chi will help school-age victims who cannot afford tuition fees. TIMA (Tzu Chi International Medical Association) has organized 60 free clinics in the disaster areas with 462 volunteer medical professionals serving 4,093 patients.

The long-term assistance plan will focus on emotional and spiritual care, as well as assistance with living arrangements and housing. The construction project will consider residential areas and facilities for communities. Tzu Chi plans to build permanent houses for victims in the future.

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