Apple has become the first U.S. company to donate money to help flood victims in China. The iPhone maker has handed over $1 million to the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA) to help aid those affected by the floods.
China has been hit with heavy rain and flooding since the end of June, and as of last Friday, it had affected 31 million people in more than 500 cities and towns, according to data from the nation’s Ministry of Civil Affairs. 164 people have died so far, and 26 are still missing.
“Our thoughts are with all those devastated by the flooding along the Yangtze River,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said on Weibo, China’s popular micro-blogging network, after the CFPA confirmed a 7 million yuan (approx. $1 million) donation from Apple.
The CFPA says it will now work closely with Apple to ensure that the money is used effectively. More than a million people are in need of emergency assistance right now, but over 2 million have already been moved to safer grounds.
Apple has previously donated money to China following natural disasters. Following the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake in the Sichuan region, the company donated 50 million yuan (approx. $8 million) to help those most affected.