Friday, October 16, 2009

Taiwan issues Typhoon Morakot stamps

On August 7, 2009, typhoon Morakot slammed into Taiwan. The torrential rains lasted for two days and nights, causing many casualties and serious damages in both the southern and eastern sections of Taiwan. Wishing to make a contribution to the enormous funds needed by the government for disaster relief and reconstruction, and to make a call to the public to put compassion into action, the Chunghwa Post is issuing Typhoon Morakot Relief Surtax Stamps and Souvenir Sheet to raise funds for relief efforts, as it did after the Earthquake in 1999 by issuing the Earthquake Relief Surtax Stamps Souvenir Sheet.

This souvenir sheet contains two stamps, focusing respectively on the themes of “We are all in the same boat.” and “Let’s conserve the land and rebuild our homes.” The borders of the stamps have printed imitation perforation. Both of the stamps have denominations of NT$25, and each bears an additional surtax of NT$25, which will be contributed to typhoon Morakot relief. This brings the total value of the souvenir sheet to NT$100.

A total of 600,000 sheets will be issued and sold from October 9, 2009 to April 8, 2010. The money raised via the surtax will be calculated and turned over to a special fund for disaster relief set up by the Ministry of Interior. This issue was printed by the China Color Printing company, Ltd by the deep etch offset method

A large first Day Cover will be released along with the souvenir sheet. The First Day Cover (without stamps) will be NT$3.00 apiece.

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