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Taiwan to provide $200K in aid to St. Vincent

July 5, 2024

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, CMC – Taiwan says it will provide US$200,000 in donations to assist St. Vincent and the Grenadines after the country was hit by Hurricane Beryl on Monday.

“At this tragic time, Taiwan Ambassador Fiona Huei-Chun Fan expressed solidarity and profound sympathy with the people and government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines,” the Taiwan Embassy in Kingstown said in a statement.

“Taiwan stands firmly and willing to offer support to provide an emergency relief grant as humanitarian aid for the recovery and reconstruction efforts,” the statement said, adding that  President Lai Ching-te had reaffirmed the country’s  “friendship and solidarity with St. Vincent and the Grenadines during this challenging time, as well as prayers for a swift recovery”.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines are among a handful of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries that enjoy diplomatic relations with Taiwan China regards it as a renegade province and has been asking the international community to adhere to its “One China” policy instead.

On Monday, Hurricane Beryl passed between St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada, with maximum sustained winds of over 140 miles per hour (mph) It made landfall on Grenada’s Carriacou island as a category 4 storm, intensifying later to category 5.

The hurricane has left at least two people dead and widespread damage to buildings here, especially in the Southern Grenadines.

Hurricane Beryl is the first hurricane on record to have reached the highest level 5 so early in the year, though it later went back to 4.

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