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Quake relief moves into high gear
( chinadaily.com.cn )
Updated: 2013-04-23

Charities and disaster-relief organizations in the city of Liuzhou have moved into high gear following Saturday’s 7.0-magnitude earthquake that hit Ya’an in Southwest China’s Sichuan province.

As many as 11 donations totaling 9,500 yuan ($1,537) have been made by Liuzhou residents to the city’s Red Cross Society as of 6 pm Sunday.

Huahong Pharmaceutical, a Liuzhou-based medicine producer, announced that it will donate 2 million yuan in medicine through the charity organization.

The donated funds and other donated quake-relief materials will be sent to Ya’an with those from other cities by the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region’s Red Cross Society.

Liuzhou’s communist youth league also organized events on Sunday to raise funds for disaster relief. As much as 30,228 yuan was raised and will be used to help children and youngsters affected by the earthquake.

The Sichuan Chamber of Commerce, a networking group involving 240 Sichuan entrepreneurs who operate businesses in Liuzhou, raised about 220,000 yuan in one day. The fundraiser has already flown to Ya’an to deliver the donation in person.

In addition to the material support, Liuzhou’s fire control bureau has put 35 firefighters on standby to join the rescue operations in Ya’an. The firefighters are specialized for rescue, communication and logistics support. A team of 45 firefighters equipped with heavy machinery also aided rescue efforts two hours after the earthquake.

The 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Lushan county, Ya'an city of Southwest China's Sichuan province, at 8:02 am Saturday Beijing Time, leaving at least 186 people dead and 11,393 injured, according to statistics from the provincial emergency response command center on Monday morning.

Lushan is about 200 kilometers from the epicenter of the massive Wenchuan earthquake 5 years ago that left 87,000 dead or missing.

Edited by Lin Hong and Michael Thai

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