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On the afternoon of 12 May 2008, a deadly earthquake struck Sichuan Province in China, leaving tens of thousands dead and many more critically injured. The number of victims is still escalating, as many are still trapped beneath rubble from collapsed buildings, and are feared dead.

Cyclone Nargis hit Burma on 3 May, 2008. Tens of thousands of people have lost their lives and hundreds of thousands are now left homeless. It is the worst natural disaster to hit the country since the 2004 tsunami. International humanitarian relief organizations are ready to head to Burma to provide basic living necessities to those affected by this devastating cyclone.

The Sichuan Buddhist Association and the Office of Religious Affairs in the Sichuan Province has presented Dharma Drum Mountain with a plaque of appreciation for providing humanitarian aid to victims affected by the recent earthquake. Rescuers from Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation are still working in the devastated areas in the Sichuan province, China.
On the morning of 21 August 2008, chief leader of Dharma Drum Mountain relief team, Venerable Guo Pin and Deputy Abbot President of DDM signed contracts with officials of Xiushui Township of Sichuan Province in China. The contracts will see to the reconstruction of First Xiushui Elementary School and the Xiushui Health Center expected to be completed within one and half years.

The 5/12 earthquake in Sichuan shocked the world. Over the past few months, international relief teams have put great efforts into the delivery of medical care and material supplies into the quake-stricken areas.
On the afternoon of 19 May 2008, the Dharma Drum Mountain relief team returned home safely after eight days of humanitarian work in Burma.

The Dharma Drum Mountain relief team stationed at Sichuan was praised by the Sichuan government and its local residents for the work that they have carried out. The local people were deeply touched by the compassion of DDM relief team in their commitment to help, and formed a strong bond with the members of the relief team.

As reported by overseas Chinese businessman in Myanmar of thirteen years and a passionate, longtime DDM volunteer Mr. Feng Tsai TSAI, a set of water purifiers donated by Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare & Charity Foundation in Myanmar (DDMSWCFM) was successfully installed for service on 13 June 2008, providing clean water for the cyclone victims.

Typhoon Kalmaegi struck Taiwan on 18 July 2008, flooding the central and southern regions and blocking road access to aboriginal villages in some mountain areas. According to an official report, the loss was over NT$10 million. Several people were killed.

3 May (Sat)
* Burma ravaged by cyclone
On 3 May (Sat), Burma was hit by the tropical cyclone Nargis, with the Irrawaddy Delta being the most hard-hit area.
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