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Bringing Water and Hope to Taiwan Earthquake Victims

Field Report by Operation Blessing

TAIWAN – When a 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck Taiwan, it triggered massive landslides and left a trail of destruction in its wake. Among the hardest hit areas was Taroko in Hualien County. There, Taiwan earthquake victims found themselves without access to clean water due to damaged water tanks. For residents like 52-year-old Lai Lijing, who relies on these tanks for her daily water needs, the situation was dire.

“The ground shook,” Lai recounted. “I woke up, and everything on my desk fell over. When my younger brother came, I told him what happened to the water at the back. My brother ran to check and saw that the water tower was broken. So, he turned off all the main switches.”

Challenges Faced by Taiwan Earthquake Victims

Lai found herself in a difficult position; she is physically challenged and mainly lives on government assistance. Affording a new water tank seemed like an insurmountable obstacle. “I don’t have any income,” she explained. “If I really want to buy it, I can only save a little and wait for a long time.”

To make matters worse, the demand for water tanks following the earthquake was high, and the supply was low. That made it even harder for affected families to acquire the necessary equipment.

unable to afford a new water tank

Operation Blessing’s Taiwan Earthquake Response

Recognizing the urgent need, Operation Blessing swiftly responded. Our team partnered with the Chinese Christian Relief Association (CCRA) to address the water crisis in the aftermath. Thanks to the generous support of compassionate friends like you, Operation Blessing was able to procure nine water tanks for nine households in need, including one for Lai.

Your kindness and generosity have made a tangible difference in the lives of these earthquake survivors, providing them with access to clean water and restoring a sense of normalcy amidst the chaos.

Your Compassion Makes a Difference

Lai expressed her heartfelt gratitude for the support she received: “Thank you for donating this water tower for my home. Thank you very much!”

Your unwavering support enables Operation Blessing to respond swiftly to disasters worldwide, bringing hope and relief to those who need it most. By being a hero to survivors like Lai, you are making a profound impact on their lives and helping them rebuild in the wake of terrible hardship.

As Operation Blessing continues to respond to disasters worldwide, your ongoing support is crucial in ensuring that no one is left behind. Together, we can restore hope and bring lasting change to communities devastated by natural disasters.

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