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Apple donates $1.6 Million to Chinese Earthquake Relief Efforts

Apple donates $1.6 Million to Chinese Earthquake Relief Efforts

A major earthquake hit the Yunnan Province of China earlier this week, killing more than 600 people and causing widespread damage. Apple has now made a donation of $1.6 million to support relief efforts in the affected region. The company has also updated its Chinese home page in acknowledgement of the disaster.


9to5Mac shared an email from Apple CEO to company employees, discussing Apple’s commitment to to help those affected by the disaster.


Our deepest sympathies go out to the people of China’s Yunnan Province, which was struck by a devastating 6.5-magnitude earthquake over the weekend. Nearly 600 people died and over 2400 were injured in the worst earthquake to hit the region in 100 years. Rescuers have evacuated 230,000 people who are now displaced from their homes. The road to Longtoushan Township, the epicenter of the quake, has been blocked by landslides, making the rescue effort there even more challenging. Apple is eager to help. We are making a financial donation in support of the work of Mercy Corps and CFPA (China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation) to get supplies and relief to those affected by the earthquake and to help them through the process of healing and recovery. The tragedy in Yunnan Province is on the minds of many in the Apple community. Apple has over 6500 employees in China and Hong Kong as well as a growing developer community and deep ties to the workers in our supply chain who make Apple products. In this time of tragedy, our thoughts are with the victims and their families. 


Apple has made similar donations in the past following such disasters as another major earthquake in China last year, Superstorm Sandy in 2012, and Super Typhoon Haiyan last year.

(Via MacRumors)