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Thursday, 20th August 2009
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Japan sends more aid to typhoon-hit Taiwan

Japan is set to send another batch of disaster aid, alongside an aid team to Taiwan, to help deal with the aftermath after the island was hit by Typhoon Morakot.

In total, one foreign ministry official, two medical workers and two international aid officers from Japan are to be sent to Taiwan and are due to arrive on Friday (August 21st).

Taiwan has already been given ten million yen by the Japanese government and now, the stricken island will receive an extra 100 million yen.

This is due to the rising death toll - which local reports suggest could reach up to 500 - and the high level of damage seen across Taiwan, said the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

As well as this, Xinhua predicts that more than 7,000 people have been left homeless by the typhoon.

Of this new donation money, around half will be given in cash, with the other 50 million yen out aside for disaster relief supplies.

Written by Kimberley Homer.