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US$200,000 donated by gov't to Solomon Islands

TAIPEI -- Taiwan has donated US$200,000 in relief aid to the Solomon Islands, a Pacific island diplomatic ally that has suffered deadly flooding as a result of prolonged rain that has triggered landslides, washing away houses and bridges, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday.

Flash floods hit the capital of Honiara on Guadalcanal Island last week, leaving dozens dead and missing, and Solomon Islands Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo has declared a state of disaster for Guadalcanal, the ministry said in a statement.

Amid the country's calls for foreign aid in the wake of the flooding, Taiwan's government has made cash donations and has provided rescue assistance and help with relocating people away from the affected areas, the statement said.

In the wake of the floods, Taiwan's embassy in the Solomon Islands has coordinated technical and medical experts stationed there for bilateral cooperation projects to help with post-disaster relief work, the ministry said.

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