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Flood-hit St Lucia gets help from Taiwan

Tuesday, January 07, 2014    

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CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC) — Taiwan has made an EC$534,000 (One EC dollar = US$0.37 cents) donation to St. Lucia to assist in the reconstruction of the island following the passage of a low level trough that killed six people and left millions of dollars in damages late last month.

Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony, who received the donation from the Taiwanese Ambassador, James Chang, said that St Lucia was currently facing an "exceedingly difficult" fiscal situation and "every donation matters.

"There is no question that there is need for humanitarian assistance. Hundreds of St Lucians have lost all of their household appliances, lost their clothing... Children have lost school books, and of course, some have suffered damage to their homes. In the vast majority of cases that we're talking about [are] very poor people. And so it is with special gratitude that the support is received," he said.

Chang, who expressed condolences to the families of the victims, said he was pleased that much of the essential services, such as electricity, water and telecommunication, had been restored following the passage of the storm on December 24.

He praised the "outstanding work by the people and the agencies involved in the recovery" adding that he hoped the funds would help in the recovery exercise.

St Lucia is among a handful of Caribbean countries that enjoy diplomatic relations with Taiwan that China considers a renegade province.

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