According to a new report out of China, Apple has announced its decision to donate roughly US$1.6 million (10 million yuan) towards earthquake-relief efforts in southwest China's Yunnan Province. Apple China also changed its Website's homepage, as noted above, with words of condolences to the families of the victims who died in the disaster and concerns for people working there day and night.
On August 3, a 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit the province's Zhaotong city - the most powerful quake to strike Yunnan in 14 years. So far, the death toll has risen to 615. After the Ya'an earthquake in Sichuan Province in April of 2013, Apple donated a total of 50 million yuan to support the quake-hit areas.
Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac was able to obtain an email from Apple's CEO Tim Cook to Apple employees that reads as follows:
Our deepest sympathies go out to the people of China's Yunnan Province, which was struck by a devastating 6.5-magnitude earthquake over the weekend. Nearly 600 people died and over 2400 were injured in the worst earthquake to hit the region in 100 years. Rescuers have evacuated 230,000 people who are now displaced from their homes. The road to Longtoushan Township, the epicenter of the quake, has been blocked by landslides, making the rescue effort there even more challenging. Apple is eager to help. We are making a financial donation in support of the work of Mercy Corps and CFPA (China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation) to get supplies and relief to those affected by the earthquake and to help them through the process of healing and recovery. The tragedy in Yunnan Province is on the minds of many in the Apple community. Apple has over 6500 employees in China and Hong Kong as well as a growing developer community and deep ties to the workers in our supply chain who make Apple products. In this time of tragedy, our thoughts are with the victims and their families.
For more photos see the Wall Street Journal's slideshow here.