Taiwan earthquake: First volunteers from Chinese mainland leave for rescue efforts
The first volunteer rescue team from the Chinese mainland has set off for Taiwan from Hangzhou city following the M6.7 earthquake that shook southern Taiwan early Saturday.
Liao Wei and Liao Xinming from Hangzhou’s Ramunion Outdoor Sports League are scheduled to fly on an evening flight from Shanghai to Taipei, before heading to south Taiwan to participate in the rescue work.
According to china.org.cn, another 12 members from the league will join the rescue team. They are currently applying for entry permits to Taiwan.
The epicenter of the 6.7-magnitude earthquake has been pinned to the city of Kaohsiung. So far, at least eleven people have died in neighboring Tainan city.
China’s Red Cross Society has offered 2 million yuan (around 304,000 US dollars) for the relief efforts, while the mainland’s Taiwan Affairs Office has also promised to offer any assistance, if needed.