Many of us are saddened by the almost back-to-back natural disasters in Myanmar and Sichuan, China.
searches for survivors at a collapsed chemical factory in Yinghua town
near Shifang after the 8.0 quake rocked China’s Sichuan province on May 12. (AFP/Liu Jin)
Been digging around to find out if any of our beloved and generous Hallyu stars are helping out.
I’m not disappointed as on May 16, South Korea’s actor/singer Ahn Jae-wook (37) became the first foreign entertainer to make a donation to the victims of the Sichuan earthquake.
The Oh! Feel Young actor gave 50mil won (approx. RM 155,000 / USD 47,800) to a fund organised by Chinese singer Han Hong (pic below).
It is reported that in a letter, Ahn Jae-wook said that he had seen the devastation at earthquake-hit Sichuan on TV and is donating the fund, as well as sending his heartfelt sympathies, to the victims through his friend Han Hong.
This is what’s going/went on in Sichuan at the time of writing:
- Mourning. At 2.28pm on May 19, exactly a week after the 8.0 magnitude quake hit Sichuan, the Chinese observed 3 minutes of silence to mourn the dead. At least 34, 000(!) people are confirmed dead. China will continue to mourn for 3 days. All China flags will fly at half-mast, whether in China or at Chinese diplomatic missions abroad. The Beijing Olympic torch relay has been suspended from Monday to Wednesday.
- Aftershock. An aftershock of 6 or 7 on the Richter scale will likely hit Wenchuan, which is Southwest of Sichuan. A warning has been issued by the Sichuan Seismological Bureau. They predict the aftershock to occur either on Monday or Tuesday (May 20).