On 6 February, ten minutes before midnight, an earthquake of magnitude 6.4 on the magnitude scale struck Hualien, Taiwan. The earthquake killed at least 17 people and injured 285. Hundreds have been evacuated from their homes and far more than 100 aftershocks have been reported.
Immediately afterwards, the Amity Foundation contacted its Taiwanese partner, the Chinese Christian Association of Cross-Strait Exchanges, and asked how to support the victims of this natural disaster. A few days after the disaster hit the region, a cold front brought the year's coldest recorded temperatures. The Chinese Christian Corporate Association of Cross-Strait Exchanges and the local NGO Chinese Sunnyyoung Caring Association started to distribute warm clothes to displaced people.
Local partner are distributing clothes in one of the shelters
Furthermore, they started to distribute red packets for people affected by the earthquake. Red packets, which are filled with cash, are usually given during the Chinese New Year. The Amity Foundation supported its Taiwanese partners with donations by people from the Mainland fundraised on online platforms. The red packets from across the straight will hopefully bring relief during Chinese New Year to people who are suffering from the disaster and contribute to people to people relationship, peace and benevolence in the region.
Local partners distributing red packets in hospitals (left) and clothes (right)