China: Earthquake in Sichuan Province - Aug 2008
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CHENGDU, May 12 Xinhua -- Shiyan village in southwest China's Sichuan Province spent years in recovery after the magnitude 8 earthquake in 2008 hit the province.
Hundreds of hectares of landslide areas caused by the earthquake are now covered with fruit trees in Shiyan, Beichuan County, one of the worst-hit areas during the earthquake.
The change came after a cooperation program was launched in 2010 between the Chinese and Japanese governments to restore vegetation in quake-hit areas.
CHENGDU, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- A catastrophic earthquake leveled Wolong Primary School in southwest China's Sichuan Province in 2008, but a rebuilt campus that brought comfort and modernity to students living deep in the mountains served as a small silver lining.
By Sun Yan (Vicky), IFRC
When Li Xudong and his family lost their home during the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, they struggled to make ends meet. The family was forced to live apart. Li’s son and daughter-in-law left their village to look for better opportunities, while his five-year-old daughter was sent away to live with Li’s parents.
In light of ongoing global and regional discussions and commitments, this report intends to highlight good practices aimed at empowering women economically, particularly through entrepreneurship and innovation, drawing lessons for collective learning.
The Chinese government has decided to provide emergency humanitarian aid with a total value of 30 million yuan to Ebola-stricken west African countries like Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea to help them fight against the virus. That is the Chinese government’s second emergency aid to west African countries against Ebola recently.
Chun Wing Tse, Jianwen Wei, and Yihan Wang
Sunday 12 May 2013 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.
Contributions from People of Singapore continue to improve lives in China
Singapore’s contributions for the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake is making a lasting impact. Donated hospital equipment is now used to treat survivors of the earthquake that struck Sichuan again on 20 April 2013.
Following the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake, the Singapore Red Cross donated S$2 million of medical equipment to several hospitals in the region. These were distributed to Sichuan Orthopedic Hospital and three of its affiliated county hospitals in Tianquan, Kangding and Ziyang.
MUSHROOMS ADDRESS ISSUES OF FOOD SECURITY
The food security situation has much improved thanks to good harvests this year, but pockets of food insecurity are predicted among poor households who lost livestock last year in northern Badakhshan and the Wakhan Corridor. GHNI is now expanding its mushroom project, working with widows to yield income by providing more mushroom spores as a small business opportunity.
Mali to Burkina Faso
GHNI SEEKS TO HELP REFUGEES IN POOR VILLAGES
Record-breaking adventurer Mike Perham has been driving around the world in aid of ShelterBox. During his drive through China, he visited the Sichuan Province where ShelterBox responded to a 7.9-magnitude earthquake on 12 May 2008.
'Just a couple of days ago on Sunday, I was very fortunate to be able to go back to a place where ShelterBox had previously deployed to. Back in 2008, an earthquake struck the Sichuan Province, which is the area around the city of Chengdu in the Southwest of China. Here it was estimated that five million people were made homeless.
Feeling good about doing good is not always easy in our work. Especially when you consider that often the backdrop for doing good is poverty, crisis, conflicts and disasters. But, like everybody else, we need encouragement and we need acknowledgement, even when behind what we do is sadness or tragedy.
Disaster response - As of 20 December 2011, various natural disasters this year had left 1,081 people dead or missing in China, 440 million people affected and created over 311 billion yuan (approx. 49 billion dollars) in direct economic losses. In the second half of 2011, China was hit mainly by several floods and earthquakes. With the support of IFRC regional delegation, the Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) responded swiftly to the serious disasters with relief items and other assistance needed.
Corporate engagement in natural disaster response has grown significantly in both scale and diversity during the last decade. Today, it is a central component of the international response machinery. Since the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, large multinational corporations have become increasingly involved in on-the-ground response efforts, forming partnerships with traditional actors and with each other to enhance operating systems and to develop more rigorous strategic thinking in preparation for disaster assistance.
A. Purpose of the note
This report covers the period from 01 January 2011 to 30 June 2011
In brief Programmes summary:
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)’s East Asia regional office serves to support and build capacities within the national societies of the East Asia region. The region includes China, Mongolia, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Republic of Korea, and Japan. IFRC has programmes that support the National Societies in China, Mongolia and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).
Emergency appeal n° MDRCN003
GLIDE n° EQ-2008-000062-CHN
3-year summary update
1 August 2011
Period covered by this update: May 2008 – April 2011
Appeal target (current): CHF 152.86 million
Appeal coverage: 100%
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.
Children at Baichao Primary School in Guangyuan Prefecture. Their school was reconstructed with support from the Red Cross Society of China after being damaged in the earthquake and now they are living in a brand new dormitory building too. Rob Few/IFRC/p
By Francis Markus, IFRC, in Guangyuan, China
Diary III - As we swoop down the hilly roads to the little plateau housing Baichao Primary School, it feels as though I am visiting familiar territory.
Francis Markus, IFRC in Suining, Sichuan
Diary I - I can’t fail to notice that 12-year-old Huo Qingdong is feeling uncomfortable as he visibly squirms and fidgets with his hand covering his nose, sitting opposite me on the sofa next to his grandmother.
“Of course when I see other children being picked up from school by their parents, while mine are so far away, it makes me feel bad,” he says, when we visit their home, just a short drive away from the school he attends.
GOV.cn Tuesday, May 10, 2011
A Chinese government official on Tuesday said victory has been achieved in the rebuilding of areas worst hit by a devastating earthquake three years ago in southwest China's Sichuan Province.
Mu Hong, Vice Director of the country's National Development and Reform Commission, said 95 percent of the post-quake reconstruction projects have been completed so far.
Mu made the remarks during a press conference that detailed the reconstruction of the Sichuan quake zones three years after an 8.0-magnitude quake struck.