Apple has donated ¥50 million ($8 million) to those affected by the recent earthquake in China’s Sichuan province. The Cupertino company made an announcement on its Chinese website, which was accompanied by a message of condolence that pledges support for locals and schools.
The message, translated by Tech in Asia, reads:
At this difficult time, our hearts are with the victims of the Sichuan earthquake. Aside from the cash donation to help the affected people to tide over their difficulties, we are committed to providing new Apple devices to schools in the disaster area, and Apple employees in the locality are on stand-by at any time to help.
Apple rival Samsung made a donation of ¥60 million ($9 million) to earthquake victims hours before Apple’s announcement. The Korean electronics giant has also set up a free repair services in parts of Sichuan, according to local reports.
The Sichuan earthquake struck around 8 a.m. local time on Saturday, April 20, leaving more than 170 people dead and injuring thousands. It measured at varying magnitudes between 6.6 and 7.0, triggering landslides and destroying buildings.