On July 19, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government granted a sum of HK$4,542,000 from the Disaster Relief Fund to the Amity Foundation (Hong Kong).
According to Amity Foundation, the fund was meant to provide relief to victims in flood-stricken areas, include Pingle County, Ziyuan County, Rong'an County and Sanjiang Autonomous County of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, and also Ji'an County of Jiangxi Province. The grant would be used to purchase rice, cooking oil, quilts and household health kits, to protect the basic lives of 5,207 people affected by the recent floods in the above two provinces.
Since the start of the flood season in June this year, waves after waves of heavy rainfall had been pouring onto southern China. The large amount of rainfall and wide number of areas affected are rare in history.
According to the National Disaster Reduction Office, as of July 16, the floods and landslides caused by the new round of heavy rainfall in the south affected 3.016 million people in multiple provinces, including Zhejiang, Anhui, Fujian, Jiangxi, Hunan, Guangxi and Guizhou. They also led to seven deaths and two missing. 278,000 people were urgently relocated urgently and 53,000 needed emergency life assistance.
As of July 19, the Amity Foundation invested nearly 1.5 million yuan in emergency funds for distribution and purchase of relief supplies such as food, quilts and sanitary supplies to victims in the Guangxi, Jiangxi, Hunan and Yunnan provinces/autonomous regions. The Foundation is currently appealing to netizens to actively participate in flood relief operations in southern China, to help affected people get back to normal life as soon as possible.
-Translated by Jake