Taiwan donates 348m yuan for quake zone

Updated: 2013-05-15 13:31


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BEIJING - Taiwan has thus far donated 348 million yuan($56.6 million) to Lushan county on Chinese mainland, that was rocked by a massive earthquake last month, a mainland spokesman said on Wednesday.

Donations totaling 248 million yuan have already arrived at the quake zone, State Council Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Yang Yi said at a press conference.

People in the quake zone are deeply grateful for the donations made by their Taiwanese compatriots, he said.

A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Lushan county in Southwest China's Sichuan province on April 20. The earthquake left at least 196 dead. It is estimated that 2 million residents were affected by the disaster.