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Domestic Donations to Quake-hit Areas Hit 1.34 Bln Yuan

China's domestic donations in both cash and goods to the quake-hit areas had risen to 1.344 billion yuan (US$192 million) as of 3 PM on Thursday, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA).

The MCA has received donations of 58 million yuan, the Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) has received 624 million yuan, and the China Charity Federation has received about 220 million yuan.

Various departments under the Central Government have donated 271 million yuan for the quake relief work from their own individual budgets and from donations from employees.

Local governments have donated 380 million yuan to the affected areas in the provinces of Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu.

Domestic companies and social institutions had contributed 62.13 million yuan, figures from the MCA showed.

In addition, enterprises and individuals from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao which invest in the mainland had donated money, food or materials.

According to the Ministry of Education, Hong Kong movie mogul Run Run Shaw has pledged to donate 100 million Hong Kong dollars to help with the reconstruction of schools in the quake-hit areas.

By Wednesday, Taiwan-funded companies and individuals with Taiwan origin has contributed 560 million yuan in cash and relief supplies including cement and food.

And donations from members of the country's armed forces and para-military force has exceed 52 million yuan by Thursday noon.

The 7.8-magnitude earthquake centered on Wenchuan County occurred on Monday afternoon and affected many parts of the country. The death toll from the powerful earthquake is estimated to exceed 50,000, according to the rescue headquarters.

(Xinhua News Agency May 16, 2008)

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