A devastating earthquake struck the Yunnan Province in China over the weekend, with deaths reported in the hundreds, and thousands displaced after the tragic natural disaster. As a result, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has offered assistance.

According to reports from Reuters, a 6.5-magnitude earthquake that struck the Yunnan Province in China has resulted in the deaths of nearly 600 people, and injured more than 2,000. The reports have stated that over 230,000 residents of the large province have been displaced from their homes and families, due in large part by the large landslides that have blocked roadways, including the road to Longtoushan Township, which was reportedly the epicenter of the quake. As a result, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has extended his “deepest sympathies” to those affected by the quake, and has also offered the help of his company by offering a financial donation to the Mercy Corps, as well as the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA). The donation will be used to get supplies and other resources to those who need it most in the area. The memo went out from Cook to employees in an email, which 9to5Mac was able to gain a copy of:

Team, 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. Tim

According to a report by CRIEnglish, Apple’s donation is to the tune of $1.6 million, or 10 million yuan. As Cook notes, there are several thousand Apple employees in China, and a healthy, growing development community, as well as ties to workers who make up the supply chain. Apple has also posted a message on the home page of the Chinese portal for the site, which you can view below: Apple message to Yunnan Province quake


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