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Taiwan thanks Hong Kong, Macau for post-Morakot help
Central News Agency
2014-04-16 11:18 PM
Hong Kong April 16 (CNA) Taiwan on Wednesday thanked charity groups in Hong Kong and Macau for their generosity in helping Taiwan rebuild after the devastating Typhoon Morakot hit central and southern Taiwan in 2009. Chern Jenn-chuan, CEO of the Morakot Post-Disaster Reconstruction Council under Taiwan's Executive Yuan, extended his thanks from Hong Kong for the generous donations provided by the two Chinese Special Administrative Regions, including HK$104 million (US$13.41 million) from the Hong Kong Red Cross alone. In a ceremony to express Taiwan's appreciation, Chern presented souvenirs to each of the charity groups that helped out and spoke about the state of reconstruction efforts. He noted that post-Morakot work has nearly completed, and residents of the affected areas are now back on their feet and helping others still in need. Chern invited Hong Kong and Macau residents to visit the rebuilt areas to experience the beauty of the diverse indigenous cultures that have been allowed to flourish again thanks to the aid. The Red Cross chapters in Hong Kong and Macau lauded the progress of the reconstruction. Lo Wing-sun, director of the Hong Kong Red Cross, praised the efforts for maintaining the harmony between local residents and their environment. Owen Wong, deputy director of the Macau Red Cross, said that he was impressed by the coordination between Taiwan's government and non-governmental organizations as well as businesses, especially in regard to protecting indigenous culture. "In addition to the 'hardware' construction, efforts have stressed mental and human-oriented 'software' construction, something that is worth learning from and referring to in (other) post-disaster work," Wong said. (By Stanley Cheung and Lilian Wu)
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