Government, PLA and Macao public join hands in typhoon relief efforts

The Government of the Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) and the People's Liberation Army Macao Garrison are to coordinate expansion of relief efforts across the city, in order to speed the restoration of Macao’s normal community life in the aftermath of Typhoon Hato.

Following approval by the Central Government of a Macao Government request, approximately 1,000 troops from the PLA Macao Garrison today joined hands with Macao’s public safety and security personnel as well as volunteers – from local associations, public departments and the general public – to clean flood wastes and debris from streets near Rua Cinco de Outubro in Macao, and near Taipa Central Park.

The Commissioner-General of the Unitary Police Service – commander of the city’s coordinated relief effort – Mr Ma Io Kun, and the Deputy Chief of General Staff of the PLA Macao Garrison, Mr Gao Zhijun, directed today’s relief work at Rua Cinco de Outubro, one of the areas of Macao severely affected by the typhoon.

Mr Ma said he was thankful to the Central Government for approving the PLA Macao Garrison’s support for the city’s post-typhoon efforts and for the practical assistance provided by the army.

Police officers, fire officers, staff from the Civil and Municipal Affairs Bureau, and volunteers have been working together diligently to remove obstacles from streets and to take part in various relief work, Mr Ma added.

Mr Gao said the PLA Macao Garrison had mobilised a great number of personnel to support Macao’s relief efforts, and would deploy more if necessary.

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