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BZ | Dec 3, 2020

Taiwan donates US$100,000 towards Belize hurricane recovery effort

Gavin Riley

Gavin Riley / Our Today

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Taiwanese Ambassador to Belize, Remus Li-Kuo Chen (right) and State Finance Minister Christopher Coye at the National Assembly Building in Belmopan. (Photo: Facebook @GOBPressOffice)

Asian nation Taiwan is the first major country that has stepped up to assist Belize with its hurricane relief efforts, with a US$100,000 grant on Wednesday (December 2).

Taiwanese Ambassador to Belize, Remus Li-Kuo Chen, in handing over the donation, said that his government was pleased to be in a position to help Belize’s recovery efforts, as the country has been a “long-standing and highly valued friend”.

Ambassador Chen further noted that Taiwan has pledged its continued support for the development of Belize.

As he accepted the gesture on behalf of the people of Belize, Junior Finance Minister Christopher Coye, expressed his thanks to Taiwan for its generous and timely donation.

The state minister assured the donated funds would be put to good use in the emergency repair of flood-impacted infrastructure across the Central American country.

According to a November 10 report from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), around 50,000–60,000 people have been affected in Belize, including an estimated 21,120 children following the passage of Tropical Storm Eta.

Hurricane Eta.

“Damages have been reported to property and infrastructure in the areas hit by flooding, as a result of heavy rains. Cayo, Belize and Stann Creek districts are among the hardest hit,” UNICEF Belize indicated.

The country also took a battering from Hurricane Iota which slammed into Central America’s Caribbean coast two weeks after Eta.

While both systems did not hit Belize directly, the outer bands of the storms produced heavy rains and strong winds throughout much of the country, particularly in southern and western sections.

The government has not detailed an estimated total on the scope of the infrastructural damages associated with storms Eta and Iota.

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