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Taiwan gives to recovery efforts for Hurricane Sandy

NEW YORK--Taiwan donated Friday US$100,000 in relief aid to New York State, which was recently battered by Superstorm Sandy, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York said.

This was the third donation, following earlier sums of US$100,000 each to New York City and New Jersey to help dislocated residents and reconstruction efforts in areas hard hit by the storm.

New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who received the donation from Andrew Kao, Taiwan's envoy in New York, thanked Taiwan for the aid.

Silver said the state was in desperate need of help following one of the most damaging natural disasters in decades.

The fund will be channeled into the Empire State Relief Fund set up by the state government, which has raised US$150 million, Silver said.

Kao said in addition to assistance from the Taiwan government, many private groups from the island have been active in relief efforts in the affected areas.

Sandy made landfall on the New Jersey coastline Oct. 29.

It claimed more than 100 lives and caused mass transit shutdowns in the eastern U.S., flooding in large parts of New York City, and power outages that left millions of households without electricity, according to reports.

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