Bayer helps China, Myanmar disaster victims

15 May 2008 14:46  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS news)--Bayer is providing €350,000 ($542,000) in funds and goods to help the victims of the recent natural disasters in China and Myanmar, the German chemicals and pharmaceuticals major said on Thursday.


“The situation in China and Burma [Myanmar] is dramatic,” said Bayer CEO Werner Wenning.


“We want to do our part in order to alleviate the hardships faced by the populations, particularly in regard to minimising health risks,” he added.


Bayer's plants in China suffered no damage as a result of Monday's earthquake - which primarily hit Sichuan province in the country's southwest killing up to 50,000 people - and no Bayer employees had been harmed harmed, the company added.


Bayer has plants in Chengdu and Chongqing, which are located in the quake-hit province.


Meanwhile, DuPont said it would donate products to the China Red Cross Foundation to provide relief to the victims of the quake


None of DuPont’s employees were injured in the disaster and there was no damage to its facilities, including a manufacturing site in Chengdu, the company added.


Rohm and Haas said on Wednesday it would commit yuan (CNY) 500,000 ($71,476) to the Red Cross aid agency to support relief efforts in China.


The US government provided $500,000 as an initial contribution to International Red Cross relief under way in Sichuan province and helped in supplying emergency food and water to Myanmar, which was hit by a typhoon last week reported to have killed nearly 130,000 people.


($1= €0.65/$1 = CNY7)

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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