As China's Henan province continues experiencing torrential rain and floods, celebrities and tech companies have stepped forward to donate funds and supplies to the victims of the floods. These celebrities include singers such as Huang Zitao, Xiao Zhan, Wang Yibo, EXO's Lay Zhang, and more.
#XiaoZhan made a 1 million RMB donation to Zhengzhou Red Cross to help with flood relief in Henan province. Praying for everyone’s safety 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/mmqeOYhALG— 肖战 🌸 Bern (@xiaozhvns) July 21, 2021
According to screenshots from Xiao Zhan's Weibo, the actor-singer shared that he had donated RMB 1,000,000 (S$210,000) to the Zhengzhou Red Cross in support of the flash floods. His generous donation spurred fans to do the same, where they mobilized and arranged different donation drives for those in need.
XiaoZhanDAYTOYCharityStation launched Xiao Zhan Fans Donation of Flood Resistant Materials for Henan and successfully bought 500,000 pcs of 50*90 medium-thick flood control weaves for flood relief work— SuibianWielder (@SuibianWielder) July 21, 2021
The 1st batch of 260,000 pcs is now on its way to Zhengzhou#XiaoZhan #肖战 pic.twitter.com/Y60znxY6FG
According to fans' tweets, the supplies donated include food, bags, and even diapers.
Xiao Zhan fans donated materials for Zhengzhou, Henan Province & successfully delivered them to Zhengzhou Red Cross in the early morning of July 22:— SuibianWielder (@SuibianWielder) July 22, 2021
105 cartons KXZ
61 packs of diapers
200 cartons bread
200 cartons water
105 cartons Mengniu PureMilk
cr虾圈小透明 #XiaoZhan #肖战 pic.twitter.com/IVPt5hNIxc
Chinese singer Huang Zitao reportedly made a donation of RMB 3,000,000 (S$631,540). As the singer also owns a chain of clothing stores, he also requested for the clothes to be donated to Henan.
#ZTAO takes all merch off shelves and gives them to people who need it to support the crisis in Henan. #HuangZitao #Cpop pic.twitter.com/RCdV8evncV— Daily Cpop News (@DailyCpop) July 22, 2021
Tweets have also been shared of EXO member Lay Zhang's donation of RMB 1,070,000 (S$225,150) alongside images of his donated supplies.
Yixing Donated 1070000 (1.07 Million) RMB & supplied goods to help people who was affected by Henan flood @layzhang @weareoneEXO pic.twitter.com/P32KdqncOV— EXO BREAKING NEWS (@EXOBreakingNews) July 21, 2021
Actor, singer, and dancer Wang Yibo garnered a lot of praise on social media for personally making a trip to Henan province alongside the Han Hong Love Charity Foundation.
Chinese actor and singer #WangYibo travelled to water-logged Zhengzhou, Central China's Henan, as volunteer with Han Hong Love Charity Foundation. 60+ stars from the Mainland, Taiwan and Hong Kong donate to Henan flood relief https://t.co/FvMf7mscLU pic.twitter.com/32C3A26MzV— GTLife (@GlobalTimesLife) July 22, 2021
In images circulating online, the singer can be seen distributing supplies and helping to push wheelchair-bound residents while wearing the charity foundation's uniform.
Apart from celebrities, tech corporations also lent a hand to Henan province.
ByteDance, the company behind viral video apps TikTok and Douyin announced they would be donating RMB 1,000,000 (S$210,000) to children in orphanages and resettlement stations. They have also implemented an assistance channel to help those rendered immobile due to the floods.
Tech giant Tencent who also owns music companies under Tencent Music Entertainment Group including Kugou, WeSing, QQ Music, and Ultimate Music has also made a donation of RMB 100,000,000 (S$21,049,625). The firm was also one of the first companies that immediately assembled supplies and volunteer personnel to Henan province when the disaster struck.
At least 25 people died in China's flood-stricken central province of Henan, a dozen of them in a subway line in its capital Zhengzhou, and more rains are forecast for the region. About 100,000 people have been evacuated from the provincial capital https://t.co/36SutFM2CK pic.twitter.com/7u94WGbqXI— Reuters (@Reuters) July 21, 2021
As of writing, tens of thousands of people have been evacuated from the affected flooded regions in China. The death toll is currently more than 30. The emergency response level in Henan has been raised to the highest level, Level 1.