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Donations flood in after Tainan disaster

COMPENSATION:Tainan said it is to provide of NT$2 million to the families of each of the deceased victims, while those seriously injured are to be offered NT$500,000

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Su also donated blood for earthquake survivors, with blood banks in southern Taiwan reported to be in short supply.

The DPP yesterday morning held an emergency meeting in response to the quake.

“Conclusions from the meeting include postponing Tsai’s Lunar New Year visits to temples and handing out red envelopes until Thursday; appointing the party secretary-general to assist in dealing with the aftermath in Tainan; and requesting local government heads in southern Taiwan assist with rescue efforts,” DPP spokesperson Yang Chia-liang (楊家俍) said.

Vice-president-elect Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) has also canceled most of his scheduled public events over the Lunar New Year period, but he said he still intends to attend Mass at the Holy Family Church in Taipei tomorrow.

Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊), who returned from a holiday in New Zealand after learning of the earthquake, yesterday announced she would donate one month’s salary to the relief efforts.

The Taichung City Government has drawn up a list of hotels and hostels that are to provide free or discounted accommodation for quake victims.

The Kinmen Country Government and Kaoliang Liquor company pledged NT$2 million for disaster relief for its sister city Tainan.

Meanwhile, celebrities at home and abroad have been making donations and sending messages of condolence and hope to Taiwanese following the deadly earthquake.

Taiwanese singer Jay Chou (周杰倫) pledged NT$2 million through his record company JVR Music, while Taiwanese record company B’in Music said on Facebook that the band Mayday (五月天) would donate NT$1 million on behalf of the record company’s artists.

Meanwhile Guy Orseary, manager of US superstar Madonna, who was set to give a second performance in her “Rebel Heart” tour in Taipei yesterday, said on Instagram: “Earthquake here in Taipei. 4 am. We are all ok. Hope that was the end of it.”

Supermodel Lin Chi-ling (林志玲) — who is from Tainan — wrote on Sina Weibo that she was fine, apart from minor scratches, adding that she hoped the rescue operations would continue smoothly as a cold front approaches.

The Central Weather Bureau has issued a warning for most parts of Taiwan, forecasting nighttime and morning temperatures of below 10°C until Tuesday.

Japanese singer Ayumi Hamasaki, who shot a music video in Taiwan in December last year, also posted “God bless Taiwan” on her Sina Weibo page in Mandarin.

Additional reporting by Loa Iok-sin and Lee I-chia

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