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Donations to China's quake-hit regions near 16 bln yuan

 BEIJING, May 21 (Xinhua) -- As of Wednesday noon, donations to China's quake-hit regions had reached 16 billion yuan (2.29 billion U.S. dollars) and 1.764 billion yuan had been forwarded to the earthquake-affected areas, according to the Information Office of State Council.

The foreign countries and international organizations that provide aid to China include:

Great Britain will provide an additional 1mln pounds worth of relief materials, with its total aid funds and materials adding up to 2mln pounds.

Slovakia will provide about 1.425mln worth of relief goods.

Belarus will provide 20 tons of relief goods.

The Arabic Diplomatic committee in China had donated 50,000 RMB.

The Caribbean Diplomatic Group in China had donated 48400 RMB.

Madagascar will provide 100,000 dollars of aid.

Singapore will donate 200,000 U.S. dollars.

Albania has donated 40,000 U.S. dollars.

The Slovenian government Thursday decided to send 100,000 euros (some 154,000 U.S. dollars) in aid to China.

The Croatian government decided to donate some 200,000 euros to the victims of the devastating earthquake in China

The Czech Republic will sent medicines, mainly antibiotics and painkillers, worth one million crowns (60,000 U.S. dollars) to quake-hit China.

Finland will provide about 500,000euros to China.

The German government announced that it will provide another 1 million euros (1.54 million U.S. dollars) in aid for earthquake victims in China.

Canada is contributing 1 million U.S. dollars to support the International Red Cross's effort on emergency quake relief in China.

Turkey has provided 2 million U.S. dollars in financial support.

Australia will contribute 1 million Australian dollars (0.94 million U.S. dollars) to support emergency relief efforts in China's earthquake-ravaged Sichuan Province.

 The Italian government had offered to China material assistance worth 500,000 euros (778,750 dollars) on Saturday.

Relief materials from Russia, Spain, Pakistan, Singapore and Philippines have already arrived in Sichuan.

Russia delivered on Monday the fifth batch of humanitarian aid to China including tents, blankets, a mobile hospital and medicine.

So far, Russia has delivered some 120 tons of humanitarian aid to Sichuan. 

The Committee of 100 (C-100), an organization of prominent Chinese Americans, Monday received 500,000 U.S. dollars from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.

Ukraine sent its first batch of humanitarian aid to China. An Il-76 transport aircraft took off from the Ukrainian capital of Kiev Tuesday evening, carrying about 25 tons of aid to China, an official from the Ukrainian Emergencies Ministry told Xinhua at Boryspol airport.

The plane was carrying tents, blankets, quilts, medical equipment and instruments, all urgently needed in the quake-hit Sichuan province.

The second batch will be sent on May 22.

The first batch of relief goods donated by Saudi Arabia arrived in Chengdu, capital city of the earthquake-hit Sichuan Province Tuesday afternoon. the relief goods include 14,000 tents and blankets, instant food, milk powder for children and rescue tools. They are badly needed in the quake-hit area.

The relief materials delivered Tuesday is part of the 10 million U.S. dollars worth of goods provided by Saudi Arabia. Three more batches are to follow.

Saudi Arabia has decided to donate another 85,000 tents, 400,000 awnings and 500,000 blankets Tuesday following the previous donations of 50 million dollars in cash and 10 million dollars worth of relief materials for China's quake zone.

Morocco has offered China emergency humanitarian aid worth one million U.S. dollars following the deadly earthquake in China's southwestern province of Sichuan, the MAP news agency reported Tuesday.

King Mohammed VI, who made the offer, had earlier sent a condolence message to Chinese President Hu Jintao, in which he expressed shock and sadness over the quake.

Major U.S. companies have been actively contributing to the relief efforts .

Nearly 80 U.S. companies have contributed to the relief efforts, with the cash donations amounting to over 30 million U.S. dollars.

The German Red Cross will send a mobile hospital to Chengdu.The hospital, with 120 beds, a clinic, an operating room, a delivery room and a pharmacy, can provide medical services for an area of up to 250,000 people.  Germany will also send 15 experienced technicians and medical experts to operate the facilities and train local staff, according to the RCSC.

 Medical teams from Japan, Russia and Italy are also expected to arrive in the disaster-affected areas after Tuesday, according to the RCSC.

South Korea announced on Tuesday that it will provide China with an additional emergency assistance worth 4 million U.S. dollars to help it recover from the May 12 earthquake.

The South Korean government offered funds and aid materials worth 1 million U.S. dollars to China last week.

A team of 41 South Korean rescue workers and four medical staff is operating in the earthquake-affected Sichuan Province.

The United States government and people from all walks of life have so far donated 34 million US dollars in capital or materials to China's quake-hit area.

According to a press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the US government has decided to offer an additional 1 million dollars worth of materials, including food stuff, generators, air compressors and electric cutters to China's quake-hit Sichuan province.

The newly announced relief funds and materials are expected to arrive in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan, aboard a US special plane on May 21.

 The US companies were also active to provide relief funds and materials to Sichuan by various means.

It said 26 U.S. companies have recently donated or pledged to donate an additional 10 million dollars in cash or materials following the previous donations of 12 million dollars worth of funds and materials.

The relief materials donated by Jordan arrived in Chengdu, capital of southwest China's quake-hit Sichuan Province, early Wednesday morning, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said.

According to the Ministry, the relief goods include tents, mattresses and medical equipment. They are urgently needed in the quake-hit areas.

Mauritius donated 300,000 U.S. dollars.

The Western Australian government will donate 1 million Australian dollars (0.95 million U.S. dollars) to help relief efforts following last week's devastating earthquake in China's Sichuan Province.



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