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Donations of goods for Mindulle victims reaches surplus

INFLUX OF CARE Excess amounts of goods donated to flood victims have been distributed, while over NT$176 million has been raised

By Cody Yiu  /  STAFF REPORTER

Donations for the victims of flooding caused by Tropical Storm Mindulle earlier this month briefly reached surplus levels last week, but were quickly distributed, the Ministry of the Interior said.

Last week, Shengmu Village in Nantou County was reported to be having a surplus of material donations, before the ministry re-directed the surplus to those who needed it most.

"Since the flooding was first reported in the news, the public has been enthusiastic about donating the daily necessities to those who were affected by the flood," officials with the ministry's Department of Social Affairs said yesterday.

According to the ministry, the most affected people -- low-income families and elderly people who lived alone -- received the lion's share of surplus donations.

Aside from donations from the public, Tatung Co alone donated over NT$10 million worth of electric appliances to those who had been affected by the flood.

The ministry and the Taiwan Red Cross were the two main organizations in charge of distributing the donations.

"The Red Cross mostly distributed water to those affected by the flooding," Chen Ya-ling (陳雅玲) of the Red Cross said.

"The surplus water supply has been distributed by regional governments. The problem of surplus goods has been solved," he added.

As of last week, financial donations had reached NT$176.3 million by the minis-try's designated donation accounts at the central bank, Chunghwa Post and the International Commercial Bank of China.

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