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Firms rush to offer donations to help earthquake-hit Sichuan
Published: Sep 06, 2022 08:39 PM
Engineering machines operate to clear a blocked section of the S434 provincial highway after an earthquake in Luding County of southwest China's Sichuan Province on Sept. 6, 2022. A 6.8-magnitude earthquake jolted Luding County on Monday. Rescuers have been organized to restore and maintain damaged road access. (Xinhua)

Engineering machines operate to clear a blocked section of the S434 provincial highway after an earthquake in Luding County of southwest China's Sichuan Province on Sept. 6, 2022. A 6.8-magnitude earthquake jolted Luding County on Monday. Rescuers have been organized to restore and maintain damaged road access. (Xinhua)



A number of Chinese companies have collectively donated more than 31 million yuan ($4.45 million) in cash or goods to earthquake-hit Sichuan Province as of press time on Tuesday.

A 6.8-magnitude earthquake jolted Luding county in Southwest China's Sichuan Province on Monday, killing at least 66 people, leaving 15 missing.

Chinese tech giant Alibaba Group announced on Tuesday that it is setting aside five million yuan as an initial donation to the disaster-stricken area.

Internet firm Tencent said it has donated five million yuan and said it has used its internet infrastructure to allow netizens to make individual donations.

Donations from the companies, ranging from one to five million yuan, became a trending topic on China’s Sina Weibo on Tuesday.

Baijiu-maker Wuliangye Group, based in the province, said it had donated 15 million yuan.

Chinese electric vehicle battery giant Contemporary Amperex Technology Co (CATL) also announced a donation of five million yuan.

Smartphone maker Xiaomi said it is donating one million yuan while internet firm NetEase said it is donating one million yuan as well as goods worth of 500,000 yuan. 

Chinese businesses, led by giant internet platform companies, generously donated in October to flood-hit Shanxi Province and in July after torrential rainstorm and subsequent flooding hit Central China's Henan Province.