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China Red Cross Society allocates relief goods to flood-hit areas

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BEIJING, Jun 17, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- China Red Cross Society had allocated relief goods worth 8 million yuan (976,000 US dollars) to flood-hit areas by Friday.

The red cross societies of Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions donated 200,000 yuan (24,400 US dollars) and 100,000 yuan (12,200 US dollars) respectively to the flood- affected areas. Local Red Cross branches have also dispatched about 125 medical teams.

Twenty-two provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions have been affected by natural disasters since May, which include landslides, mudflows, torrential rain and hail.

Former Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk wrote a letter on June 14 to Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing to express his sympathy for the flood-affected people in provinces of Hunan, Guizhou and Sichuan, and donated 20,000 US dollars.