by Eulana Weekes
St.Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education in the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis confirms that nationals and students in Taiwan are safe.
A 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit a southeastern area of Taiwan on Sunday, September 18, derailing train carriages, causing a convenience store to collapse and trapped hundreds of people on mountain roads. Sunday’s earthquake came just hours after a magnitude-6.4 tremor hit the same area on Saturday night (September 17).
In a social media post on Sunday night September 18, Dr Hanley noted, “After learning of an earthquake that sent panic through Taiwan on Saturday and Sunday, I immediately asked God to protect the Taiwanese people and our citizens there. Without hesitation, I reached out to His Excellency Donya Francis who stated, “With God’s Blessings, we are all safe”.
Dr. Hanley added, “ Many of our citizens here in the federation were understandably concerned and extremely nervous, but by God’s Grace, we are thankful for His Mercy. We continue to ask God to cover our students pursuing their studies abroad and we especially pray for the safety and well-being of all of our nationals and students currently in Taiwan. Your SKNLP government is with you!”
Several citizens of St.Kitts and Nevis are currently pursuing studies in Taiwan; 11 of whom recently received scholarships to advance their education there. His Excellency Mr Donya Francis also studied in Taiwan and now serves as the newly appointed St. Kitts and Nevis Ambassador to the Republic of China (Taiwan) stationed in Taipei.