Apple, Samsung, others raise $32M after China earthquake

The two rivals lead a list of technology firms donating money in response to Saturday's powerful earthquake in China.

Lance Whitney
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Apple, Samsung, and other tech firms have raised more than $32 million to aid China as it tries to recover from Saturday's devastating earthquake.

The quake, which occurred Saturday morning local time in China's Sichuan province, has so far left 200 people dead or missing, 11,800 people injured, and more than 100,000 homeless.

Among technology companies sending money to aid in relief efforts, Samsung China has pledged around $9.7 million. China Samsung President Zhang Yuanji took to the company's official Sina Weibo page to express his condolences saying that "China Samsung always with the Chinese people through thick and thin, to tide over the difficulties."

Apple has promised $8 million and issued the following statement, according to Sina Tech:

At this difficult time, our hearts are with the victims of the Sichuan earthquake. Aside from the cash donation to help the affected people to tide over their difficulties, we are committed to providing new Apple devices to schools in the disaster area, and Apple employees in the locality are on stand-by at any time to help.

Other tech firms offering donations so far include Foxconn with around $8 million, Asus with $485,000, Dell China with $323,000, and Microsoft China with about $161,000.