By: Central News Agency
New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) of the Kuomintang (KMT) on Saturday donated NT$1 million (US$29,851) for disaster relief in the wake of a powerful earthquake that struck southern Taiwan earlier in the day.
The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) also pledged NT$3 million, while its legislative caucus donated NT$1 million to the relief efforts. Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), president-elect and chairwoman of the DPP, had announced earlier that she would give NT$1 million.
The 6.4-magnitude quake struck southern Taiwan at 3:57 a.m., killing at least seven people and injuring more than 400. As of 2:30 p.m. Saturday, some 11 people were still trapped in a 16-story residential building in Tainan, one of the 13 structures in the city that fully or partly collapsed in the quake.
During a visit to a temple in Yonghe District in New Taipei, Chu pledged a NT$1 million donation and prayed for blessings on all the people of Taiwan and protection of the country from further disaster. [FULL STORY]