Red Cross volunteers responded in the aftermath of Typhoon Morakot.
Typhoon Morakot hit the south-east coast of mainland China and the island of Taiwan on 7 August, resulting in hundreds of casualties and extensive damage to livelihoods and infrastructure.
Roads were washed away and bridges had collapsed and constant rain made conditions on the ground extremely difficult.
The Taiwan Red Cross Organisation was at the forefront of search and rescue operations, which aimed to reach hundreds of people who were trapped in mountain villages, cut off by mudslides and flooding.
More than 1,500 Taiwan Red Cross Organisation volunteers were involved in relief efforts based out of 11 county-level disaster preparedness warehouses. Relief items were channelled to more than 6,000 beneficiaries housed in the temporary living centres across the six affected counties from Pingdong to Nantou. These items included jackets, sleeping bags, blankets, cotton quilts and family hygiene kits.
The Typhoon Morakot 2009 Appeal has now closed.
Donations made through Australian Red Cross to the Taiwan Red Cross Organisation will be used to:
- Support Red Cross relief and recovery activities for communities affected by Typhoon Morakot.
- Send specialist aid workers to affected areas to assist in response to the typhoon if required.
- Support Red Cross programs of assistance in the affected areas.
Note: Australian Red Cross will not deduct more than 10% of any donation for an international appeal to cover appeal costs. Should the funds raised exceed the amount required to meet the immediate and longer term needs of the people in the affected areas, Australian Red Cross will direct the excess funds to other emergency preparedness and response initiatives in the Asia Pacific region.
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies website
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