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Kaohsiung calls off donation campaign after receving NT$3.1 billion
Central News Agency
2014-08-14 09:30 PM
Kaohsiung, Aug. 14 (CNA) The city government here announced Thursday that will call off its donations-soliciting drive the following day after receiving more than NT$3.1 billion (US$103 million) in donated funds for helping relieve families hit by the July 31 propylele exlosions. The Social Affairs Bureau of Kaohsiung City government said it has received 252,000 donations in the amount of NT$3.15 billion since a series of propylene pipeline explosions killed 30 and injured more than 300 others late July 31. By Wednesday, it said, the city had approved spendings of NT$1.6 billion from the donated funds in 17 projects, including one for helping volunteers seriously injured during the incident recover both physically and mentally. The bureau said it has published details about each donation on its official website, adding that will stop calling for more donations Friday. Donations for the city's relief and reconstruction efforts kept pouring in Thursday, including NT$55 million from the city's real estate businesses association and NT$44 million from two civic groups in Malaysia. The two Malaysian groups were the Federation of Alumni Associations of Taiwan Universities, Malaysia and the Taipei Investors' Association in Malaysia. Their donations of 487,700 ringgit (NT$44 million) were forwarded by Taiwan's representative office in that Southeast Asian country. (By Wang Shu-fen, Kuay Chau-churh, and S.C. Chang)
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