Apple has donated 10 million yuan ($1.6 million) to support relief efforts in China following the major earthquake in the country’s Yunnan Province earlier this week.
The 6.5-magnitude earthquake is the worst disaster to have hit the area in a century, and resulted in the deaths of 615 people. A further 2,400 were injured in the quake, while rescuers have evacuated 230,000 further people, who are now displaced from their home.
Not only does Apple employ a growing number of people in China and Hong Kong, but its expansion into Greater China has seen the rise of a burgeoning community of developers. In addition, much of Apple’s supply chain work is carried out in the country by a number of different manufacturers.
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