DDMSWCF Assembles Local Volunteers to Assist with Cleaning Up the Typhoon Morakot Aftermath in Southern and Eastern Taiwan

Typhoon Morakot that stormed Taiwan from 7 to 9 August 2009 and has inflicted major flooding to southern and eastern Taiwan, leaving tens of thousands of people homeless and brought them heartbreaking losses, especially for villagers inhabiting in Pingtung County, Tainan County, Kaohsiung County and Taitung County.

On 8 August, Dharma Drum Mountain and Social Welfare Foundation (DDMSWCF) initiated emergency relief programs to help distressed villagers in cleaning up of the aftermath, rebuilding their homes and providing support where necessary.

In addition to distributing drinking water, sleeping bags, instant noodles, lunch boxes and flash lights for local shelters, DDMSWCF has further assembled local volunteers through local affiliates island-wide to assist victims in cleaning the muddy houses and the noxious odors from within as well as the devastated surroundings left behind by the typhoon.

The cleaning teams are led by Venerables of the DDM Sangha Community who have been working in Linbian Township and Jiatung Township of Pintung County from 12 August.

(translated by Jin Yang/edited by DDM Australia Editing Team)

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