Sun, Dec 28, 2003 - Page 1 News List

Taiwan dispatches earthqake relief team

DPA , TAIPEI

Taiwan yesterday said it will donate US$100,000 dollars to Iran's earthquake victims and send an 84-member rescue team to the country to search for survivors.

"The rescue team will depart today evening and arrive in Iran on Sunday," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement issued yesterday.

"On behalf of the Taiwan government, we express consolation and mourning to Iran's earthquake victims," it said.

The rescue team was due to arrive in Tehran today, said Liang Yu-chu (梁玉竺), a spokesman for the National Fire Administration.

The team would bring three sniffing dogs, life-detecting equipment and equipment to break through floors and walls, he said.

The Tzuchi International Relief Fund announced it would send a delegation to Iran today to assess the damage caused by the quake and decide how to help the survivors.

"We will buy relief supplies from the Middle East and rush them to Iran. The relief will include clothing, blankets, food and medicine," a spokesman told reporters.

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