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Posted: Tuesday, November 10, 2020. 11:50 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: CNA News reports that the Republic of China (Taiwan), through its Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has agreed to donate US$100,000 to help Belize repair damage from Storm Eta.

Ministry officials approached Belize’s ambassador in Taiwan, Diane Haylock, to express the government’s concern upon learning of the situation.

Haylock’s counterpart in Belize, Ambassador Remus Chen, has approached Governor-General Sir Colville Young, Prime Minister Dean Barrow and Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington on behalf of his bosses, Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen and Minister Joseph Wu.

Belize reported no deaths, including among Taiwanese expatriates, but continues to assess the damage to infrastructure, crops and homes and businesses especially in the West and South.

Eta touched down in Nicaragua on November 3 as a strong category four hurricane, weakening as it traveled through Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama, Belize and Mexico. It has since regenerated and affected Cuba and the U.S. state of Florida, with a death toll above 150.

Prior to the US$100,000 donation to Belize, Taiwan last week donated US$200,000 each to Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala, its three other diplomatic allies hit hard by the storm.

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