China experienced a string of major disasters in the first half of the year, including a 7.1 magnitude deadly earthquake in Yushu, Qinghai, in April, which killed 2,698 people. The Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) quickly responded to the disaster by sending relief items, search and rescue teams, medical teams, ambulances and one emergency response team (ERT) and one sanitation ERT, which were used during the Sichuan earthquake operation in 2008. RCSC also responded quickly to other disasters in the country, including snowstorms, drought, sandstorms and floods.
Two years after the massive earthquake struck the Sichuan province, IFRC continues to provide support in livelihoods, health and care including psychosocial support, water, sanitation and hygiene promotion, disaster management and overall organizational development.
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo site received over 100,000 visitors since the launch of the Expo on 1 May. Seizing the opportunity of the spot light on this big event, the RCSC and its partners included specific events and commemoration day activities such as World Red Cross Day and World Blood Donor Day at the pavilion site.
The Federation is supporting community preparedness and disaster risk reduction programmes in Shaanxi and Gansu provinces, and by the end of March, Red Cross branches were able to complete vulnerability and capacity assessment reports for all 30 targeted village communities. A disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation project in Fujian province supported by the Finish Red Cross was confirmed after rounds of discussion and a field assessment visit.