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Donations pour in from celebrities after southern Taiwan quake

2016/02/06 19:09:14

(From B'in Music's Facebook page)

Taipei, Feb. 6 (CNA) Celebrities at home and abroad have been making donations and sending messages of condolence and hope to the people of Taiwan in the aftermath of a deadly 6.4-magnitude earthquake that struck the southern areas of the country Saturday.

Taiwanese singer Jay Chou (周杰倫) pledged NT$2 million (US$60,027.62) through his record company JVR Music, while his wife, model Hannah Quinlivan (昆凌), posted on her Facebook page "Hope everybody is doing OK."

The local record company B'in Music said on its Facebook page that the rock band Mayday will donate NT$1 million on behalf of artists of the record company and will give additional assistance, if necessary.

"I have many friends and fans in Taiwan. You and everyone must stay safe," Chinese actor Huang Xiaoming wrote on the Sina Weibo page of his charity Tomorrow Foundation.

Huang said he and his model/actress wife, Angelababy, will donate 1 million Chinese yuan (US$152,095.20) to the earthquake relief efforts.

Meanwhile Guy Orseary, manager of American superstar Madonna, who is set to give a second performance in her "Rebel Heart" tour in Taipei Saturday, posted on Instagram, "Earthquake here in Taipei. 4 am. We are all ok. Hope that was the end of it."

Live Nation Taiwan, promoter of Madonna's Taipei concerts, announced on its Facebook page that the concert will be held as scheduled on Saturday.

Madonna sends condolences to those affected by Taiwan quake

Taiwan's top model Lin Chi-ling (林志玲), who is from Tainan, wrote on her Sina Weibo page that she was doing fine, apart from minor scratches.

She thanked her friends and fans for their expressions of concern and said she hoped the rescue operations will continue smoothly as a cold wave approaches.

The Central Weather Bureau has issued a warning for most parts of Taiwan, forecasting nighttime and morning temperatures of below 10 degrees Celsius until Feb. 9.

South Korean singer Lee Ki-chan, who is in Taipei to give a performance Friday, said he was shocked and saddened at the news of several deaths caused by the quake.

Japanese singer Ayumi Hamasaki, who shot a music video in Taiwan last December, posted "God bless Taiwan" on her Sina Weibo page in Chinese.

According to the latest information released by the Central Emergency Operation Center, the earthquake death toll had climbed to 11 as of 6:26 p.m. Saturday, with rescue workers were still searching for people believed to be trapped in a collapsed building in Tainan.

(By Wang Ching-yi and Kay Liu; click here for the full coverage of the earthquke aftermath.)