PLA soldiers in Hong Kong and Shenzhen have raised more than $1 million to help flood victims. About 10,000 soldiers participated in fund-raising activities yesterday at military barracks across the SAR and at their Shenzhen base. Commander-in-chief of the SAR Garrison, Lieutenant-General Liu Zhenwu and political commissar Xiong Ziren supervised local activities, which saw soldiers donating part of their monthly salary to the cause. 'We are very concerned about the mainland floods. We also learned that some of our comrades died during the flood control action,' said a PLA spokesman. 'We hope we can do something to send our best regards and assistance,' he said. The money will be allocated to affected areas through the PLA instead of relief agencies or mainland authorities. The troops called on their relatives in the mainland to donate money as well as basic necessities to the victims. Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong yesterday handed the local Red Cross a cheque for more than $1 million for flood relief. DAB chairman Tsang Yok-sing and Hong Kong Red Cross chairman Yang Ti Liang praised the people of Hong Kong for their 'generosity in the midst of the economic slump'. Mr Tsang said the cheque was the fruit of the DAB's various fund-raising activities conducted last week. The Chinese Christian Coalition also presented a cheque to the Red Cross. The coalition's Reverend Dr Lee Chee-kong said the money came from 200,000 followers and included $500,000 from its own funds.