By: Tang Pei-chun and Romulo Huang
Taipei, March 31 (CNA) Expatriates from Taiwan and traditional overseas Chinese
communities have so far promised to donate a total of US$2.4 million for the Feb. 6 earthquake victims in Tainan, southern Taiwan, the Cabinet-level Overseas Community Affairs Council (OCAC) said Thursday.
As of March 31, the donations committed by different groups and individuals of expatriates from Taiwan and ethnic Chinese communities across the world totalled about US$2.4 million, of which some US$376,000 were promised by groups and individuals living in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, the OCAC revealed.
Some of the committed donations received by the OCAC were transferred to the special accounts set up by the Tainan City government and the Ministry of Health and Welfare, respectively, for the relief work following the Feb. 6 earthquake, it added.
A magnitude 6.4 earthquake hit southern Taiwan on Feb. 6, leaving 117 persons killed and scores of buildings collapsed in Tainan. [FULL STORY]