The Hong Kong government would seek a HK$100 million fund from the Legislative Council to support relief work in the quake-hit Sichuan province, it announced on Monday.
The fund would be injected into the Disaster Relief Fund to support the Sichuan government’s relief work.
The move was announced by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying in view of the significant casualties caused, the government said in a statement.
It said Legco finance committee chairman Tommy Cheung Yu-yan had agreed to call a special meeting as early as possible to discuss the government’s funding request.
A 7.0-magnitude quake hit the mountainous Yaan area – 140 kilometres southwest of the provincial capital Chengdu — on Saturday.
By Monday, the death toll from the quake had risen to 188, with more than 11,000 people were injured, as relief teams battled to gain access to the isolated areas of devastation through roads partly blocked mudslides.
A Hong Kong rescue squad has been put on standby to help in search and rescue operations in Sichuan. It is formed by personnel from the Hospital Authority, Fire Services Department, Government Flying Service and Civil Aid Service.
Leung on Sunday pledged that Hong Kong would offer maximum support. “As part of the country, Hong Kong will not shirk the responsibility to contribute to the rescue and relief work,” he said.