USA Today reports that Apple has donated 7 million yuan (roughly USD $1 million) to the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA) in an effort to help China’s battle with the worst floods in years.
Apple is the first US-based company to donate to the CFPA since this year’s flood, the organization said on its website, and it will work closely with the iPhone maker to make sure the money is well spent.
“Our thoughts are with all those devastated by the flooding along the Yangtze River,” Apple’s CEO Tim Cook wrote on Weibo, the Chinese social networking site that is similar to Twitter.
According to latest statistics published by China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs, by Friday the heavy rainfall and floods that have besieged the country since the end of June have affected 31 million people in more than 500 cities and towns. At least 164 people have been killed and 26 are missing.
Also, nearly 2 million people have been moved to safer ground, but more than a million people are in need of emergency assistance, the message transmitted by the Ministry of Civil Affairs reads, as cited by USA Today.
Apple had also lent a hand to victims of the major earthquake that hit Yunnan Province on August 3, 2014, donating 10 million yuan (~USD $1.6 million), and also donated 50 million yuan (~USD $8 million) to those affected by the Ya’an earthquake in Sichuan Province a year ago.