Due to prolonged and severe heavy rainfall since early June 2016, including Tropical Cyclone Napartak on July 9, large areas along the Yangtze River Basin and in northeast China were devastated by continuous flooding, with 29 provinces or regions affected. In July, according to China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs, 671 people had either lost their lives or were missing, more than four million people were relocated, and over 316,000 homes and other structures were destroyed and more than 1.4 million were damaged. Deeply concerned about all the victims, Supreme Master Ching Hai immediately contributed US$15,000 and another US$19,000 in July to Hong Kong Red Cross to bring timely assistance to those in need. The Hong Kong Red Cross wrote letters of appreciation for both contributions.
In the letter dated July 14, the Hong Kong Red Cross conveyed their appreciation in a letter, saying:
“Hong Kong Red Cross would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for your generous donation in support of our China relief and development projects. Your contribution allowed those affected by disasters to obtain appropriate help.”
Our deep gratitude to Master and sincere appreciation to the Hong Kong Red Cross for providing comfort and aid to all those affected by the extreme weather events in China. May disasters such as these cease as more and more people adopt the compassionate and peaceful vegan way of life.