Former state president Yang Shangkun donated 20,000 yuan (HK$18,600) of his savings to buy medicine for flood victims a month before he died. Yang, who died in Beijing on Monday, aged 92, asked his children to pass on the money from a bank account he held with his wife. He had gone into hospital on June 7 as his illness worsened, Xinhua reported. Yang, who retired from official posts in 1993, was said to be concerned about hardship the summer floods were inflicting on mainlanders. In a meeting with Jiang Zemin on August 19, Yang smiled in relief after the President assured him the party Central Committee and the State Council had taken effective measures to deal with the floods along the Yangtze, Nenjiang and Songhua rivers. National People's Congress chairman Li Peng visited Yang in hospital. When Yang learned from TV reports how some flood-control workers fell on to river dykes after consecutive days and nights of hard work, he said: 'We should learn from them.' And on hearing how some local officials had neglected their duties on the frontline, Yang became angry, saying they should be investigated and punished.