13 August 2009
Typhoon Morakot has drastically impacted the middle, southern and eastern parts of Taiwan. Flooding and mudslides are resulted in different townships and villages in Tainan, Pingdong, Kaohsiung, Chiayi, Nantou and Taidong counties and municipalities. According to the statistics of the Central Disaster Emergency Operation Center (Taiwan), by 12 August 9p.m., at least 103 people were killed, 61 are reported missing, 45 are injured, while thousands of people are evacuated to the Temporary Location Centers (TLCs).
Red Cross Action
Owing to the deteriorating situation, the Taiwan Red Cross Organisation (TRCO), though has not launched any international appeal yet, has started local fund raising activities with very positive feedback from the local communities. The TRCO has already mobilized relief personnel and vehicles to support and assist the local authorities’ rescue and relief actions. Relief items have also been collected and distributed to displaced people housed in TLCs. By 12 August, more than 10,000 packs of cotton quilts, blankets, sleeping bags valued at more than HK$1 million have been distributed by the TRCO. Moreover, to meet the needs of the affected population, the TRCO continues cooperation with warehouse and logistic companies to distribute cookies, instant noodles, canned food, rice, mineral water, and other relief materials to Taidong, Tainan, Chiayi, Kaohsiung, and Pingdong counties and municipalities.
TRCO relief personnel has mobilized rescue boats to support and assist the local authorities’ rescue and relief actions. (Photo: TRCO)