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Aid after Sichuan quake helped 1.5 million people

TAIPEI -- Taiwan's aid to the victims of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake in China has benefited 1.5 million people, the Red Cross Society of the Republic of China (Taiwan) announced, prior to the sixth anniversary of the quake.

Over the past six years, the Taiwan Red Cross Society has helped build 43 schools, 43 health centers and one rehabilitation center for the disabled in disaster zones in Sichuan, Gansu and Shaanxi provinces, assisting 1.5 million residents, including 32,600 students, the charity's chairwoman, Wang Ching-feng, said.

Also, the charity's education subsidies program has helped 80 disadvantaged Chinese students from disaster areas attend university, Wang said.

The magnitude-7.9 quake struck Sichuan province on May 12, 2008, killing over 69,000 people and leaving more than 18,000 missing.

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