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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.”

04 Jul 2012 description

By He Lei in Sichuan

Living in a tiny dark cabin, sleeping on a wooden bed beside his most important assets, seven cows - that’s been 58-year old Wang Zhengping’s daily life for the last year.

As the Chinese New Year festival drew near in early 2011, two cows, which he had already been fattening for one year and hoped to sell for a good price, were stolen. It hit him and his family hard in both pocket book and spirit.

14 May 2012 description
report World Bank


Four years ago on May 12, 2008, the world was stunned by the news of an 8-magnitude massive earthquake that struck Wenchuan of Sichuan Province and affected, in total, ten provinces in Southwestern China.

Official estimates put the number of affected people at 46.25 million, with some 69,227 deceased, 17,923 missing and 15 million displaced from their homes.

30 Apr 2012 description

Period covered by this update: May 2008 – December 2011 Appeal target (current): CHF 152.86 million Appeal coverage: 98 per cent

Appeal history:

• A revised emergency appeal was launched on 22 September 2010 for CHF 152.86 million to assist 200,000 families (up to 1,000,000 people) for 44 months.

• A revised emergency appeal was launched on 20 November 2008 for 167.1 million to assist 200,000 families (up to 1,000,000 people) for 31 months.

24 Apr 2012 description

By Barbara Tai in Sichuan

Haohao’s grandfather used to fetch him from school every day – until he suddenly died of a heart attack.

The loss left the once vivacious seven-year-old a changed person. It wasn’t until a retired teacher who’s become a Red Cross psychosocial volunteer witnessed his grief and together with a classmate, sought ways to comfort him, that he was able to begin the process of coming to terms with it.

18 Jan 2012 description


  • Catastrophe (including earthquake) insurance can help relieve the financial burden on the government to fund relief and recovery of the affected population by spreading the risks and costs of disasters.

  • Pricing of catastrophe insurance policies can provide proper incentives and thus help limit future damage from natural hazards by influencing investment and land development decisions.

21 Dec 2011 description

GLIDE n° EQ-2008-000062-CHN
Operations Update n° 32
19 December 2011

Period covered by this update: 1 May – 30 September 2011
Appeal target (current): CHF 152.86 million
Appeal coverage: With contributions received to date, in cash and kind, the appeal is currently approximately 100 per cent covered.

Appeal history:

• A revised emergency appeal was launched on 22 September 2010 for CHF 152.86 million (USD 151.4 million or EUR 119.2 million) to assist 200,000 families (up to 1,000,000 people) for 44 months.

31 Oct 2011 description


Thank you for being there

A few months ago Norway was hit by a bomb and a horrific massacre of young defenseless people at a summer camp. You might have read about the massacre in Utøya.

The event affected me deeply. Not only did I think about the shock and terror that all these young people must have experienced. I also identified with it, because it was so close to home, and thought that it could just as well have been my friends, family or relatives. I waited to hear if someone had been killed that I knew of.

22 Sep 2011 description
report AlertNet

22 Sep 2011 18:32 Source: Alertnet // Alex Whiting

LONDON (AlertNet) - The international response to humanitarian crises is increasingly seen as “intrusive and disempowering” by communities caught up in disasters, a report on global crises said on Thursday.

01 Sep 2011 description

This report covers the period from 1 January to 30 June 2011.

In brief

Programmes summary: