Period covered by this update: 25 April 2013 – 31 October 2013.
Summary: CHF 400,000 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 25 April 2013 to support the National Society in delivering assistance to some 20,000 beneficiaries.
A 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit China's Sichuan province at 8.02 a.m. Beijing time on 20 April 2013 with its epicentre near Lushan county,
Ya’an City of Sichuan province at a depth of 13 km. A total of 196 people were killed and a total of 14,785 injured. Over two million people have been affected across 19 prefectures and 115 counties of Sichuan province with 237,655 persons displaced. It is reported that 193,000 houses have collapsed, and 510,000 houses were severely damaged.
Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) had sent a total of 25 emergency response teams (ERTs) with 400 team members and mobilized 113 relief vehicles to the affected areas for the emergency operation. These ERTs assisted in the distribution of food, drinking water, tents, quilts, umbrellas and other necessities to affected populations. Red Cross volunteers were also mobilized to participate in the provision of emergency medical services, relief supplies distribution, rescue operations, setting up of tents, providing psychological support and restoring family links.