Tue, Jan 04, 2005 - Page 4 News List

Third Taiwanese victim of tsunami is confirmed

STAFF WRITER WITH AFP

A third Taiwanese was confirmed killed by the tsunamis that battered Indian Ocean shorelines after a woman listed as missing in Thailand was found dead by her husband yesterday, a report said.

The body of 38-year-old Chiang Wan-ling (姜婉玲) was identified by her husband Yeh Shih-pin (葉時斌) who had stayed on at the resort island of Phuket to search for her, Taiwan's cable news network Eastern Television reported.

Their six-year-old daughter survived the disaster by landing in a coconut tree that prevented her from being washed away. The girl returned to Taiwan last week while her father remained in Thailand to search for his wife.

The two other Taiwanese victims were also killed in Thailand when tsunamis triggered by a powerful earthquake hit the country.

As of yesterday, World Vision Taiwan has collected over NT$40 million in donations for South Asia tsunami relief efforts.

In order to increase relief funding, World Vision Taiwan has sought cooperation with convenience stores, online auction Web sites and Taiwanese artists.

Currently, World Vision Taiwan has five workers stationed in disaster-stricken areas in Indonesia, India and Sri Lanka.

According to information provided by workers in Pulau Nias, this island, west off Sumatra, was still feeling aftershocks and tsunami warnings were issued periodically along the coastline.

"International World Vision has pledged a total of US$50 million of donation for the tsunami relief effort in South Asia. This figure is the highest single donation for a disaster in World Vision's 54 years of history," said Hank Du (杜明翰), the Executive Director of World Vision Taiwan at a press conference. Over 60 Taiwanese entertainers have donated their personal belongings toward the relief fundraising effort.

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