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Ministry asks for relief supplies

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff reporter

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday continued its call for more resources to help people affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines as the Ministry of National Defense is ready to dispatch a navy frigate to transport supplies, which could depart as early as Monday.

In a press statement, the ministry said that people in the Philippines are in desperate need of various types of relief supplies, including solar generators, ready-to-eat food products like canned food and instant noodles, tents, sleeping bags, water filters, raincoats and personal hygiene products.

The ministry encouraged people to bring relief goods to Lan Chang Transport Co’s (聯倉交通倉儲中心) logistics center at 109-1 Guangfu Rd Sec 1, Sanchong District (三重), New Taipei City (新北市), contact number (02) 2995-3399, or the naval base at 10 Jieshou Rd, Zuoying District (左營), Greater Kaohsiung, contact number (07) 588-9890.

People can also make contact with the ministry’s Nongovernmental Organization Affairs Committee on (02) 2348-2192 for information about procurement of relief supplies from group purchasing channels, the ministry said.

Since the typhoon hit the Philippines on Nov. 8, cash and in-kind resources provided by the government, Taiwanese, and charity and religious groups was valued at NT$190 million (US$6.42million) as of yesterday, the ministry said.

The air force has sent C-130 cargo planes to fly about 134 tonnes of relief goods to the Philippines in 18 sorties since Nov. 12.

An official, who wished to remain anonymous, said yesterday that the Ministry of National Defense is ready to dispatch a navy frigate with 1,000 tonnes of cargo capacity to transport more relief supplies to bring aid to affected areas in the Philippines.

The official said the frigate could depart for the Philippines as early as Monday and the ship will be escorted by a Kang Ding class frigate.

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