Numerous US technology giants have each donated US$1 million to Mexico to support relief efforts for last week’s devastating earthquake.
Among the donating companies are Google, Facebook, and Apple, as well as South Korean mobile maker Samsung and US telecom giant AT&T.
AT&T is contributing through a non-profit organization Cenaced, besides making arrangements for customers to donate as much as they can with a text message.
“Our hearts are with the people of Mexico after the devastating earthquake. We’re committing [US$1 million] to aid in recovery efforts,” tweeted Google CEO, Sundar Pichai.
Facebook not only offered monitory support, it also joined with UNICEF to waive fees on all donations made through its social media platform.
“My thoughts are with everyone affected by the earthquake in Mexico. Facebook is contributing $1 million to [the Mexican Red Cross] to support the relief efforts on the ground,” stated CEO Mark Zuckerberg in his Facebook page. Mexico is one of the largest users of Facebook in Latin America.
The ride hailing service Uber has pledged $281,000, which would be given to the Mexican Red Cross, as well as offering free rides in Mexico City during the aftermath of the quake.
Google has created a special map of Mexico City, pinpointing the locations of fallen buildings, shelters, and closed roads, as well as meeting points of volunteers and hospitals.
In addition, the Silicon Valley firm has activated its Person Finder tool, which offers information about missing persons and allows people to update on those who have been found.