Stories of public relief efforts in the wake of last weekend’s deadly 6.5-magnitude earthquake in Yunnan have been making the rounds online. A Taobao merchant named Adil Memettur made headlines this week for his donation of 5,000 kg of Xinjiang nut cakes to the Yunnan earthquake area, while two kids living in the quake zone have gained support for their modest offer of free water to rescue workers.
Memettur sent 1,400 boxes of Xinjiang nut cakes, also called “qiegao” or “marentang”, to Longtaushan Town of Yunnan. He’d travelled 1,200 km from Hunan to the quake-stricken province without telling the victims.
He said the cake was nutritious and kept well. Because it was a Muslim food, it would also cater to Yunnan ethnic minorities. He added that these 5,000 kilograms of cake could feed 50,000 people a day.
In another touching case, a shabby tea stand was installed near Longtoushan, providing free water to rescuers at the site of the quake. The operators of the tea stand were nine-year-old Li Wenliang and 12-year-old Liu Yichuan.
“Thank you for your hard work and please drink some water,” read the sign propped up next to the stand.
They boys are neighbors and were inspired by their fathers who spoke of people sending love and support to the quake zone. Netizens praised the two mature kids and their parents.
The earthquake that struck Yunnan, a mountainous region prone to natural disasters, has so far left over 600 people dead and thousands more injured or homeless.
[Images via chinasmack.com, hk.on.cc]
By Christy Lau