China: Earthquake OCHA Situation Report No. 2

Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2005/0210

OCHA Situation Report No. 2
China - Earthquake

This report is based on the information provided by the UN Resident Coordinator's Office in Beijing.

1. On 26 November 2005, at 00:49 UTC (08:49 local time), an earthquake struck the cities of Jiujiang and Ruichang in Jiangxi Province. Tremors were also felt in Nanchang city in Jiangxi Province; Wuhan city, Huanggang city and Huangshi city in Hubei Province; and Susong County in Anhui Province. According to the China's National Seismic Observation Network, the magnitude was estimated at 5.7 on the Richter scale and its depth at 10 km.

2. As of 11:00 on 27 November 2005, 13 persons were killed and 8,000 were reported injured. Over 18,000 rooms collapsed and 150,000 were damaged. Approximately 600,000 people were evacuated to temporary settlements. Electric power, water supply and telecommunications were out of service in the affected areas.

3. The Ministry of Civil Affairs (MoCA) put into immediate effect national contingency and relief plans and sent response teams to the affected areas to assess the damage and guide the relief operation. The MoCA secured 6,300 tents and delivered 3,000 tents by the following morning. The remaining tents were shipped by Sunday evening, 27 November. The MoCA and the Ministry of Finance also have allocated CNY 10 million (approximately USD 1.24 million) from the emergency relief fund to Jiangxi Province.

4. All levels of local governments in the affected areas started continuous work-shifts to address immediate relief needs. Electric power, water supply and telecommunications in Jiujiang and Ruichang cities have now been restored.

5. According to a report issued by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the IFRC released the funds from the Disaster Response Emergency Fund to address the needs for temporary shelter and protection for up to 2,000 affected families for the provision of 200 family-sized tents and 2,000 quilts from the Red Cross Society of China's (RCSC) disaster preparedness center in Xiaogan. Additionally the IFRC is supporting RCSC headquarters with the release and distribution of approximately 1,650 cartons of bottled water.

6. So far the Government has not issued any request for international assistance.

7. OCHA is in close contact with the UN Resident Coordinator's Office in Beijing and will revert with further information as it becomes available. This situation report, together with further information on ongoing emergencies, is also available on the OCHA Internet Website at

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