China: Earthquake - Apr 2013
A 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Lushan county of Ya'an city in south China's Sichuan Province on 20 Apr 2013. The earthquake's epicenter was monitored near Lushan county at a depth of 13 kms. As 23 May, 196 people were killed, 14,785 injured, 237,655 displaced and 2.1 million affected. 193,000 houses collapsed and 510,000 were severely damaged. (IFRC, 23 Jul 2013)
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NATURAL DISASTERS IN ASIA-PACIFIC 2013
Earlier this summer, “Gangnam Style” had the youngest residents of central China’s rural Feixingguang village dancing in the street. Just six weeks earlier, these children’s homes and school were destroyed by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Ya’an prefecture in the Sichuan province.
“Since the earthquake, she always sleeps closest to the door, so that she can escape quickly,” says the mother of 11-year-old Lu Xueqing. “She often grabs my hand, afraid that something is about to happen.”
This is a result of the distress Xueqing had to cope with in the aftermath of the earthquake that struck Ya’an prefecture on 20 April. It was 7.0 magnitude and killed 190 people; many of those who survived, like Xueqing, are still badly affected.
“She didn’t smile for a long time”
On 27th of August, he Hong Kong Government accepted the advice of the Disaster Relief Fund Advisory Committee and approved grants of HK $4.087 million to Amity Foundation for their relief work to flood affected areas in Sichuan and Guangxi that took place in July. Xinhua News agency reported on July 17th that the flood caused 68 dead and 179 people missing. Overall, 13.400 houses have collapsed, 3.47 million people have been affected, and 300.000 flood victims have to be relocated. Furthermore, the heavy rainfall caused landslides and destroyed much of the crop.
By David Bloomer, Save the Children’s Child Protection Advisor, Asia
On my recent trip to the quake-affected areas of Sichuan Province, China, many children spoke about how Save the Children’s child-friendly spaces (CFS) have been instrumental in helping them deal with the distress and chaos in the aftermath of the earthquake. “When we attend the CFS we can see our friends and talk and take our mind off things and the teachers [facilitators] are very nice and help us a lot,” a 10-year-old girl said to me.
Period covered by this update: 4 May- 23 July 2013.
Summary: CHF 400,000 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 25 April 2013 to support Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) in delivering assistance to 5,000 families (20,000 beneficiaries).
Source:China Meteorological News Press
The State Council recently issued “Lushan earthquake restoration and reconstruction plan”. The plan focuses on conservation area, emphasizes prevention of geological disasters, and strengthens to construct integrated capacity for disaster prevention and mitigation.
CHENGDU, July 9 (Xinhua) -- Rainstorm-triggered floods have affected about 16,900 people in Ya'an City, southwest China's Sichuan Province, which was shaken by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake in April, local authorities said Tuesday.
Heavy rain started to batter Ya'an early Monday morning, causing river water levels to rise in excess of warning levels and flood in three of the worst-hit townships in the city's Yucheng District, according to the district government.
BEIJING, July 8 (Xinhua) -- Natural disasters across China killed 782 people and left another 67 missing in the first half of 2013, official statistics showed on Monday.
The Ministry of Civil Affairs and the National Commission for Disaster Reduction said in a statement that more than 152.47 million residents on the Chinese mainland were affected by disasters and 2.45 million people were forced to relocate.
The country's southwest suffered from severe natural disasters, while its central and western regions were affected by lingering haze, according to the statement.
Bangkok, 28th June 2013 – Habitat for Humanity China is currently recruiting volunteers and securing corporate sponsors to support distribution of relief kits to families affected by the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Sichuan on Saturday 20 April.
On April 20, 2013, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Lushan, located in the Sichuan province of China. The disaster resulted in nearly 200 deaths and affected more than 2 million people. In addition, hundreds of aftershocks were reported - the biggest was reported to have reached a magnitude of 5.3.
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On June 8, 2013, Jinde relief team distributed the BabyBio organic milk powder in Chunguang Village, Taipingzhen.
This was a joint distribution carried out by Jinde Charities and China Foundation of Poverty Alleviation, sending love to children in disaster area. The distribution will cover Chunguang Village in Taipingzhen, Lushan County, Jianlian Village, Lingguanzhen, Baoxing County and Sanhe Village and Wanli Village, Huangmuzhen, Hanyuan County. The total value of the milk powder is more than 400,000 yuan.
Jinde relief office was offcially settled in Ya'an Center for Social Organizations and Volunteers on June 7. About one month after the earthquake, the local government set up an office center for organizations and voluntters who are doing good relief work in Lushan earthquake zone. The office center offers free rooms for those teams in order to help their relief work and it will be very convenient for those organizations and volunteers to share information.
New Countryside Commerce Net of MOFCOM carried out farm produce promotion activities in recent days to support Ya’an quake-stricken areas and set up Ya’an Online Farm Produce Matchmaking Platform. The Platform included Ya’an agricultural specialities, such as tea, ginger, cherry, Jinhua pear, loquat, kiwi, Chinese yam and apple being or to be on the market, and suppliers’ information. The period for sale is from May to December of 2013.
Editor: Mu Xuequan
CHENGDU, June 4 (Xinhua) -- State Councilor Wang Yong has demanded greater efforts to resettle people who were affected by an earthquake that hit southwest China's Sichuan Province in April.
Local authorities should work to prevent secondary disasters and provide basic services to those affected, Wang said while touring Lushan County, the site of the quake, on June 2 and 3.
A 7.0-magnitude quake hit the county on April 20 and left at least 196 people dead.
Bangkok, 20th May 2013 – Habitat for Humanity China, part of international non-government housing organization Habitat for Humanity, today announced that it will support families in Qionglai city affected by the recent Sichuan earthquake. It will help them rebuild homes in Maping village in Tiantaishan town and Jingkou village in Gaohe town, as part of its ‘Sichuan Post-Earthquake Rebuilding Projects’.
The Government has accepted the advice of the Disaster Relief Fund Advisory Committee and approved today (May 16) a grant of $2.5 million from the Disaster Relief Fund to the Adventist Development and Relief Agency, China to provide emergency relief to the earthquake victims in Sichuan.
English.news.cn | 2013-05-12 19:02:16 | Editor: Tang Danlu
BEIJING, May 12 (Xinhua) -- Chinese state councilor Wang Yong has called for an improvement of disaster relief and prevention capabilities to protect people's lives and properties in the country.
Wang made the comments at a National Committee for Disaster Reduction meeting on Sunday, which is also China's fifth Disaster Prevention and Reduction Day.
BEIJING, May 12 (Xinhua) -- A medical aid program will provide financial help for women affected by the earthquake that struck southwest China last month, the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation announced on Sunday, which is Mother's Day.
Women in rural areas of Lushan, Baoxing and Tianquan counties in Sichuan Province will get assistance of 3,000 yuan (488.4 U.S. dollars) per person if their medical costs caused by the quake exceeds 5,000 yuan, the foundation said.
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.