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3rd Taiwan relief team arrives in Santo Domingo en route to Haiti

ROC Central News Agency

2010/01/21 14:30:12

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Jan. 20 (CNA) A 65-member Taiwan medical team landed in the Dominican Republic capital Wednesday en route to Haiti to provide aid to earthquake victims.

The Taiwan Root Medical Peace Corps group will travel by road to Haiti Thursday in three vehicles carrying 65 medical professionals and equipment as well as relief supplies, according to Liu Chi-chun, president of the corps.

The medical team can provide services on par with a medium-sized hospital, according to Liu.

After the group arrives in Haiti and makes an evaluation of the situation there, the corps will decide whether to dispatch more medical teams to the earthquake-hit country, Liu said.

En route to the Dominican Republic, the medical team received a heart-warming welcome from the attendants on the American Airlines flight on which they were traveling, and were given some information about the devastation in Haiti.

Evelyn Morency, one of the flight attendants, said that several of her relatives were killed or were unaccounted for in Haiti, but she has been unable to go back to her country because she has to work.

She then wrote down the names and addresses of some of her relatives and friends, asking the team members to inform her immediately if they make contact with her loved ones.

The 65 medical professionals are the third team of Taiwan relief and rescue workers on the ground in Haiti since the Caribbean country was hit by a magnitude-7 earthquake on Jan. 12, according to Chen Chia-chun, minister extraordinary of the Taiwan Embassy in the Dominican Republic.

The first team of 23 rescue workers and two dogs from the National Fire Agency and Taichung City Fire Department have completed their mission and are en route back to Taiwan, Chen said.

The second group of 33 members of the Red Cross Society of The Republic of China, a Taipei City international rescue squad, and a Tri-Service General Hospital team will return to Taiwan in the next two days, Chen added.

(By Lin Shen-hsu and Y.L. Kao) ENDITEM /pc



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