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31 May 2018 description
report GFDRR

Building back better in the aftermath of disaster

Following the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake, the Wenchuan Earthquake Recovery Project helped to restore essential infrastructure, health, and education services, promote disaster risk reduction, and enhance local capacity to manage recovery.


21 May 2018 description
report Taiwan Red Cross

10th years have passed since the 512 Wenchuan Earthquake in China. Look back to the reconstruction, the Red Cross Society of the Republic of China (Taiwan) has already completed the construction of 43 schools, 43 health centers, and a Disabled Rehabilitation center in three provinces, seven counties and cities across Sichuan, Gansu and Shaanxi province. Benefits at least 1.5 million of people, and 32648 students.

11 May 2018 description
report World Bank

The Wenchuan Earthquake Recovery Project restored and improved critical infrastructure, health, and education services in the severely affected counties in China’s Sichuan and Gansu provinces, directly benefiting about 12.7 million people. The project helped build the capacity of local governments, and laid the foundation for more sustainable development and improving the quality of life and resilience of communities.

Post-Wenchuan Earthquake Reconstruction and Development, Ten Years On Challenge

11 May 2018 description
report Hong Kong Red Cross

(Hong Kong, 10 May 2018) On 12 May 2008, an earthquake measuring 8.0 on the Richter scale struck Wenchuan County, Sichuan Province, which damaged local area and provinces nearby seriously with over 10 million people affected. To respond to the huge needs of emergency relief and post-disaster recovery, the Hong Kong Red Cross (HKRC) formulated a 10-year reconstruction and development plan after the disaster.

10 May 2018 description

By Chris Weeks

Bangkok, 10 May 2018 - China has transformed its approach to reducing disaster risk following the devastating Sichuan earthquake ten years ago, with citizens including school children more protected and prepared than ever.  

The 7.9 magnitude quake hit the county of Wenchuan on 12th May 2008, leaving nearly 90,000 dead or missing, hundreds of thousands injured and millions affected.

09 May 2018 description
report Hong Kong Red Cross

An earthquake measuring 8.0 on the Richter scale struck Wenchuan County, Sichuan Province on 12 May 2008, with over 10 million people affected and massive casualties and economic loss caused. Over 10 years, upon completion of all emergency relief operations and reconstruction programmes, the HKRC continues to support community recovery and disaster preparedness programmes in the affected areas to enhance the local capacity on emergency response and preparedness.

Overview of the HKRC operations from 2008 to 2018


03 May 2018 description
report Radio Free Asia

Authorities in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan have placed families who lost children in the devastating earthquake of 2008 under house arrest ahead of the 10th anniversary of the tragedy on May 12.

More than 80,000 people, thousands of them schoolchildren, died in the quake that devastated mountainous regions of Sichuan, flattening the majority of school buildings and prompting widespread public anger over corruption allegations linked to shoddy construction standards.

20 Apr 2018 description
report Hong Kong Red Cross


On April 20th 2013, a huge 7-magnitude earthquake hit Lushan County of Ya’an Prefecture in Sichuan Province. The quake affected 111 counties across 18 prefectures, among which the most extensively damaged counties were Lushan, Tianquan, Baoxing, Shimian and Yingjing, causing more than 250,000 houses destroyed or collapsed, 196 people died, 21 missing and over 2 million people affected.

19 Oct 2017 description

On 12th of May in 2008, the Wenchuan Earthquake struck Sichuan province in China, leading to the deaths of more than 69,000 people and affecting the lives of over 40 million. The earthquake destroyed peoples’ homes and livelihoods, separating families and leaving behind untold levels of poverty in areas where many were already struggling.

09 Aug 2017 description
report Xinhua

BEIJING, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck a mountainous region in southwest China Tuesday night, leaving at least 13 dead and 175 others injured as rescue operations are in full swing Wednesday.

The quake zone, in Jiuzhaigou County of Sichuan Province, sits at a region that has been hit by at least three major tectonic earthquakes and other geological disasters over the past decade.

In May 2008, an 8.0-magnitude earthquake struck Wenchuan, about 200 km south of Jiuzhaigou, killing more than 80,000 people.

19 Oct 2016 description

Increasing the resilience of buildings to natural hazards is essential as we strive to design more sustainable cities. Earthquakes pose considerable risks, as they have caused the highest number of casualties due to natural hazards in the last decade. During the second half of the century, more than 75 % of the total number of earthquake fatalities was caused by building collapse. However, natural hazards do not always translate to tragedy: disasters occur at the intersection of hazards and vulnerability. Preparedness and sound risk reduction policies can help to void them.

18 Jun 2015 description
report Xinhua

BEIJING, June 14 (Xinhua) -- As one of the countries which suffers most from natural disasters, China has improved greatly its ability to deal with natural disasters and post-disaster reconstruction.

Having witnessed two of the gravest earthquakes in China over the last decade, China's southwestern Sichuan Province has now successfully rebuilt towns shattered by natural catastrophes and provided disaster survivors with better homes.

17 Mar 2015 description
report World Bank

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 16, 2015 — About 275,000 residents in China’s Sichuan province will have access to better infrastructure services through a $100 million loan approved today by the World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors.

02 Mar 2014 description
  1. Executive Summary

Overall Project/Program Status:.

As a part of the Sichuan earthquake recovery programmes, this programme, comprising of both vocational and business training and access to financial resources through microcredit loans, is designed to help earthquake survivors. Many of the programme beneficiaries relocated from mountainous areas where they lost their land to find new ways of making a living. It is targeting nearly 6,000 beneficiaries from two groups of earthquake-affected people viz. relocated farmers and the disabled.

13 May 2013 description
report Xinhua

CHENGDU, May 12 (Xinhua) -- Survivors on Sunday mourned victims of the 8.0-magnitude Wenchuan quake that struck southwest China's Sichuan Province five years ago, while they are struggling to embrace a new life.

In the worst-hit old seat of Beichuan Qiang Autonomous County, local officials, residents and primary school students offered flowers in front of a monument engraved with the moment of 2:28 p.m.,May 12, 2008, when the massive quake struck.

13 May 2013 description

By Kevin Xia, IFRC, in Mianzhu

The province of Sichuan in south-western China hit the headlines in April with a 7-magnitude earthquake, which killed nearly 200 people and made thousands more homeless.

12 May 2013 description
report Voice of America

William Ide
May 11, 2013

SICHUAN, CHINA — The loss of life from China’s 2008 Wenchuan earthquake was tremendous, and many young students were among those killed when schools toppled. Some victims are still trying to recover, with the assistance of volunteers who have taken up residence in the newly rebuilt schools.

Wei Ling recalls she was in chemistry class when the Wenchuan earthquake struck.

10 May 2013 description

Sunday 12 May marks the fifth anniversary of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, one of the largest earthquakes in human history in terms of socio-economic losses.

Read the full report on the BBC.

17 Oct 2012 description
report American Red Cross

Posted October 17, 2012 , With reporting from Liu Yuan, International Federation of the Red Cross, East Asia Delegation

“I can still remember the nights as a six-year-old boy I spent fetching water for my family,” said Liu Pangbo.

“The water point was more than a kilometer away from my village, and I had to walk back and forth many times in the dark. My deepest memory is the rough roads leading to the water point and the graveyard on the way that I was so frightened to pass.”