The collapse of the river embankment at Kapar Batu 5 due to huge tidal waves had caused flooding to residences in Kampung Sementak. Upon learning the news on October 18, 2016, Tzu Chi volunteers immediately visited the fire-fighters stationed at the disaster site, the temporary shelter and the victims’ home. An aid distribution was held on the morning of October 22 to soothe the aching hearts of 44 affected families.
The Syrian civil war erupted in 2011 has claimed 200,000 lives and displaced an estimated 4 million people, most of whom are now refugees. As Turkey shares the border with Syria, and due to its geographical locality, it has become the stepping stone for the refugees to enter Europe. Ever since the start of the civil war, Turkey has housed the most Syrians refugees, up to 2.73 million.
At 3.57 am on February 6, 2016, an earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale rocked Taiwan, in Meinong District of Kaohsiung. The earthquake, with a depth of around 16.7 km, caused widespread damage and the collapse of a residential building, named Weiguan Jinlong in Yongkang District, Tainan. In total, 116 people were killed and more than 500 injured.