A local charity is appealing to the public to help flood victims in the mainland. Oxfam Hong Kong mobilised staff from its Kunming field office to go to Dahua County in Guangxi province to assess the situation. The charity workers said although the mainland Government was launching emergency relief work, the victims were too poor and weak to help themselves. According to Oxfam, 320,000 people have been hit by the floods, which damaged thousands of houses and killed livestock. The county's irrigation, communications and transportation systems have also been destroyed, with overall losses estimated at 89 million yuan (about HK$82.7 million). Gongchuan and Gonghe townships were the worst hit, according to Oxfam. This year's floods were the worst since 1994 with the water level two metres higher. The Government has provided victims with shelter and food, but they are expected to experience food shortages since only 15 kilograms of corn per person have been distributed. The rain also damaged corn that was expected to be harvested in June. Oxfam is also monitoring the floods in central China along the Yangtze River. Donations to help the needy can be made by cheque (payable to 'Oxfam - China Flood') and sent to Oxfam Hong Kong, GPO Box 8428. They can also be paid directly into the HongkongBank account 001-537000-011, or Bank of China account 012-874-00088773. For inquiries, call 2520-2525.