Chinese Americans in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and other places in the U.S. have been donating money towards relief efforts in earthquake-stricken areas in southwest China's Yunnan Province.
A 6.5-magnitude earthquake jolted Ludian County of Zhaotong City in Yunnan Province at 4:30 p.m. on August 3. The death toll has risen to 615, four days after a powerful earthquake devastated parts of Yunnan Province, local authorities said on August 7.
A Chinese-American society in Los Angeles collected U.S. $50,000 on August 4 and donated the money to the quake-hit areas in Yunnan via staff of the Consulate-General of China in San Francisco.
"Many Chinese-American societies took action right after the earthquake," said Consul-General of China in San Francisco Yuan Nansheng, adding that he had received funds for the second time within one day.
Chairperson of the U.S. Chinese Chamber of Commerce Huang Xihai told reporters that they felt sad for the earthquake in Yunnan Province and he called on more Chinese Americans to make donations for quake-hit people.
President of the U.S. Chinese Chamber of Commerce Chi Honghu said that the local police bureau has allowed them to hold a large-scale fund raising activity at the Portsmouth Square of Chinatown in San Francisco from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on August 10.
The Roundtable of Chinese-American Organizations also sent a proposal via e-mail and WeChat, a Chinese mobile text messaging service, to more than 100 societies in Southern California to call on them to make donations.
"Having no way to do rescue work in quake-hit regions, we have to donate more money to provide materials and more to the victims," said Chairperson of the Roundtable of Chinese-American Organizations Lu Qiang.
Local residents in Chicago have also shown their concern to the quake-hit regions and local Chinese-American societies are now arranging fundraising activities.
Mr. Zhang, a Chicago resident, who is from Yunnan Province, told a reporter that he felt sad about the earthquake which struck his hometown and will donate money actively for the victims if there are fundraising activities.
(Source: Chinanews/Translated by Women of China)
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