On June 3 2018, the Fuego volcano in southern Guatemala violently erupted and caused widespread destruction and loss of lives, as ash, lava and pyroclastic flow from the volcano covered the surrounding area. The situation was made worse with a second eruption of the same volcano on 5 June. To date 110 people are reported dead and 197 people remain missing, hundreds of homes were destroyed and 12,000 people were evacuated to safer locations. In total 1.7 people million people have been affected.
Since August 2017, new rounds of violence in the Rakhine State of Myanmar has led to large scale displacements that are still ongoing. At the moment, an estimated total of 915,000 people have fled from Rakhine to Cox’s Bazar of Bangladesh in search of safety and temporary shelter.
(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.
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