Hong Kong, Macao donate to mainland disaster areas

16:16, August 12, 2010      

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The Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) has accepted suggestions from its Disaster Relief Fund Advisory Committee to allocate 3.1 million yuan in donations to those affected by the mudslides in Gansu Province and floods in Sichuan Province, according to a spokesperson for the SAR.

More than 2.4 million yuan will be donated to mudslide-affected people in Gansu and the remaining will be allocated to flood-hit areas in Sichuan.

Earlier, the Hong Kong allocated 19.2 million yuan to help disaster-stricken people in Guangxi, Hunan, Jiangxi and Yunnan with emergency assistance through charity organizations, such as the Amity Foundation, Salvation Army and World Vision. The donations contributed by Hong Kong for flood disaster relief in Chinese mainland total 22.3 million yuan so far.

The Macao Red Cross (MRC) confirmed that it had already received 1.3 million patacas in donations and allocated 300,000 patacas of the total to mudslide-hit areas as soon as it heard the news on Aug. 11. The Macao Federation of Trade Unions, the Association of Returned Overseas Chinese Macao, and Jin Long Electrical Supermarket donated a total of 700,000 patacas for disaster relief work through the MRC.

Huang Rukai, chairman of the Central Council of Macao Red Cross, said that the first batch of donations has been remitted to the Red Cross Society in Gansu Province for the purchase of food, drinking water and other relief goods. The follow-up donations will be used for post-disaster reconstruction.

Furthermore, Hu Shunqian, a local businessman in Macao donated 1 million Hong Kong dollars to Gansu’s disaster-hit areas on Aug. 10 through the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in Macao SAR.

By Zhang Qian , People's Daily Online


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