Taiwan Donates AU$80,000 to Tuvalu's Cyclone Relief Effort/中華民國捐款8萬澳元賑濟吐瓦魯風災 / by Minute Taupo

On Tuesday 17th March, 2015, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that Taiwan would be donating AU$80,000 in relief funding to help Tuvalu recover after Tropical Cyclone Pam. The Ministry's Chinese press release on this subject is below with an English translation:




我太平洋邦交國吐瓦魯國於本(104)年3月11日及12日遭逢五級熱帶氣旋「帕姆」(Tropical Cyclone Pam)肆虐,吐瓦魯國多數外島遭海水侵襲,洪災氾濫,危及社區與居民安全,吐瓦魯國政府已於3月13日宣布全國進入緊急狀態乙週。中華民國政府於第一時間即向吐國駐華大使館,並透過駐吐瓦魯國大使館向吐國政府表達關懷之意,並迅速伸出援手,捐款8萬澳元予吐國政府協助賑濟風災。


Taiwan Donates AU$80,000 in Relief Funding to Pacific Ally Tuvalu in the Aftermath of a Cyclone

17th March, 2015
No. 044

On 11th and 12th March, 2015, Tuvalu, one of Taiwan's diplomatic allies in the Pacific, was hit by Tropical Cyclone Pam, a Category Five storm. A number of Tuvalu's outer islands were inundated by sea water and rampant flooding, endangering the safety of both communities and their residents, and, on 13th March, 2015, the Government of Tuvalu announced a week-long State of Emergency for the entire country. Upon learning of this crisis, the Government of Taiwan immediately contacted the Embassy of Tuvalu, R.O.C. (Taiwan) and conveyed its concern to the Government of Tuvalu through the Taiwan Embassy in Funafuti. The Taiwanese Government also rapidly provided aid to Tuvalu, donating AU$80,000 to the Government of Tuvalu to assist in disaster relief.

Tuvalu is one of Taiwan's loyal allies in the Pacific and relations between the two countries are extremely amicable. When Taiwan was hit by Typhoon Morakot, Tuvalu provided a generous donation to express its concern. Currently, Tuvalu is experiencing the negative effects of Tropical Cyclone Pam and Taiwan is rendering assistance, which demonstrates that the two countries value their friendship and relations between the nations are stable.