(Yicai) Aug. 2 -- A number of Chinese companies, including e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding and smartphone maker Xiaomi, have announced they will make donations to help Beijing, Hebei province, and other regions affected by typhoon Doksuri.
The Alibaba Foundation said today it would gift CNY30 million (USD4.2 million) for disaster relief to help secure the safety of those affected by the heavy rainfall and floods, provide procurement materials, and help with reconstruction in Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei.
Alibaba also said that its grocery arm Freshippo and hypermarket affiliate RT-Mart sent a first batch of emergency supplies to the areas more severely impacted by the disaster yesterday afternoon. Alibaba’s e-commerce platform Taobao also opened channels for donations.
After making landfall in China’s southern provinces, Doksuri's remaining airflow changed course and arrived in the northern regions around Beijing on July 29. For the following three days, heavy rains soaked the area, causing floods that impacted nearly 45,000 people. Eleven people had died as of yesterday. The economic losses have yet to be calculated.
Beijing-based Xiaomi and ByteDance, the owner of TikTok, also announced today they would donate CNY25 million and CNY100 million (USD13.9 million), respectively. Electric car startup Li Auto, which is also headquartered in Beijing, said yesterday that it would give CNY20 million to the Beijing Charity Association for emergency relief efforts.
Editor: Futura Costaglione