Apple has donated $1 million to organized efforts in China working to battle the country's worst flooding in years (via USA Today).

The China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA), a non-governmental body, said on Monday that it has received 7 million yuan ($1 million) from Apple, the first U.S. company to donate to the CFPA in this year's flood. The group said on its website that it will work closely with Apple to make sure the money is best applied.

China flood efforts
"Our thoughts are with all those devastated by the flooding along the Yangtze River," Apple’s CEO Tim Cook wrote on Weibo, the Chinese equivalent to Twitter.

According to China's Ministry of Civil Affairs, torrential rains have affected 31 million people in over 500 towns across the region. Due to the impact of the floods, which have continued since late June, approximately 1 million people remain in need of emergency assistance.

This isn't the first time Apple has donated to relief efforts in China. In 2014, Apple donated $1.6 million to help relief efforts responding to a major earthquake in the country's Yunnan Province that killed over 600 people and caused widespread damage. Apple made a similar but larger donation in support of relief efforts following another earthquake in China in 2013.

The company has committed to charity support on a number of other occasions, including facilitating donations from iTunes Store users following the 2015 refugee and migration crisis across the Mediterranean Sea and Europe, as well as after large wildfires in Alberta, Canada earlier this year, Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and Super Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.

Top Rated Comments

Boatboy24 Avatar
62 months ago
Curious: What did Apple donate to the West Virginia flood relief efforts?
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
henryaaron Avatar
62 months ago
China doesn't need U.S. donations
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
gladoscc Avatar
62 months ago
It's pretty clear that Apple is making China their top, top priority.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Michaelgtrusa Avatar
62 months ago
You have homeless people in the U.S! Some will never learn. china has a trillion dollar fakes industry and the cheat on trade deals as the west lets them.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Jyby Avatar
62 months ago
It's becoming increasingly clear, Apple is not an American company... Really wish companies stopped investing into China. I know it sounds inflamatory, but China isnt on our side guys! They're oppresive communists...
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
szw-mapple fan Avatar
62 months ago
1 million? That's all from the worlds most valuable company? I mean its great but if Apple is really trying then go hard.
$1million can do much more in China than in the US. But yes I agree, they should have given a bit more.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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