UNHCR responds to China's urgent need for tents for earthquake victims
"We have tents in China and they are immediately available to help those who desperately need a roof over their heads," said High Commissioner António Guterres on Wednesday. "This urgently needed aid is an expression of our solidarity with those suffering as a result of this terrible disaster."
The tents, which are manufactured in China for UNHCR, will be transported to the quake zone as soon as possible. They will be able to provide shelter for 55,000 people. The final details of delivery and destination are currently being worked out with the Chinese authorities.
UNHCR's donation was in response to a request on Tuesday from the Chinese government to help their relief effort by providing tents.
UNHCR will be appealing to donors to cover the costs of the tents.
For further information please contact: Jennifer Pagonis in Geneva on +41 22 739 8575 or +41 79 250 84 10, or in Beijing Jing Song on +86 10 6532 4961 or +86 130 1109 2550.