Macao charity raises US$1.3 mln for Gansu mudslide victims

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The Macao Red Cross Thursday said that it has so far collected a total donation of over 10.18 million patacas (1.3 million U.S. dollars) from local civil groups and companies for the mudslide victims in Northwest China's Gansu province.

The Macao Red Cross received combined donations of over 400,000 patacas from three local organizations Thursday alone.

The two workers dispatched by the Red Cross to the disaster zone in Zhouqu County, Gansu, has returned to Macao, and the charity has also received the letter of intent on the county's post-disaster reconstruction from the local authorities, said Wong Yue Kai, president of the central council of the Macao Red Cross.

The Macao Red Cross will consider the possibility of participating in the reconstruction of residences and medical institutions in Zhouqu, Wong also said.

A devastating mudslide hit Zhouqu on Aug. 8, from which the death toll has risen to 1,471 as of Wednesday, with 294 others still missing, according to the rescue headquarters.

Aside from the donation collected by the charity, the government of Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) has announced its decision to allocate 50 million yuan (7.37 million U. S. dollars) for the relief effort in Gansu.

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