BEIJING, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese mainland
will make an all-out effort to provide relief to victims of the worst typhoon to
hit Taiwan in nearly half a century, Taiwan Work Office of the Communist Party
of China (CPC) Central Committee said here Friday.
The mainland has donated millions of yuan to the
island and is preparing to send rescue and health care teams as well as relief
supplies, according to an official with the office.
On Wednesday, member companies of the
mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS)
donated more than 100 million yuan (14.6 million U.S. dollars) and 5
million HK dollars (645,000 U.S. dollars) for the
Chinese Taiwan island's typhoon relief. The Red Cross Society of
the mainland also offered 15 million yuan (2.2 million U.S. dollars) to
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"People from the Chinese mainland and Taiwan share
the same roots and blood. Any disaster in Taiwan will make the mainland feel as
though it has suffered, too," the official said.
Morakot had killed at least 117 people as of 10 a.m. Friday, China News Service
quoted local authorities as saying. But Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou said Friday
the death toll could reach 500 with about 380 more victims in Kaohsiung's
Morakot also left at least 59 people missing and 45
injured, devastating some central and southern parts of the island.
The office was collecting relief supplies for the
island and would like to give any support in necessity, the official said.
Local media reported that helicopters, disinfectants,
sanitizing machines, shelters and instant food were among the urgent needs.
Mainland Red Cross organizations, leagues of banks,
Buddhist associations and large companies have allocated thousands of millions
of yuan to help relieve the disaster, the official said.
Member companies of the mainland-based Association
for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) donated more than 100 million
yuan (14.6 million U.S. dollars) and 5 million HK dollars (645,000 U.S.
The mainland's Red Cross Society offered 15 million
yuan (2.2 million U.S. dollars) to the island's Red Cross organization, and the
mainland's Buddhist Association allocated 5 million yuan (732,000 U.S. dollars).
The China Southern Airlines, the China Eastern
Airlines, and the Fujian Provincial Red Cross, the China Union Pay and the China
Disabled Persons Federation each donated 1 million yuan (146,000 U.S. dollars).
"Last year when the May 12 earthquake jolted Sichuan,
our compatriots in Taiwan offered enormous disaster relief, and now we are doing
the same thing. People across the Straits have strong connections and support
each other during tough times," the official said.