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China: Earthquake in Sichuan and Yunnan - Information Bulletin n° 1

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GLIDE EQ-2008-000146-CHN

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck the juncture of Renhe district in Panzhihua and Huili County in Liangshan prefecture at 4:30 pm local time on 30 Aug 2008. According to the China Earthquake Administration, the epicentre was about 50 km southeast of downtown Panzhihua, at 26.2 degrees northlatitude and 101.9 degrees east-longitude and at a depth of 10 km.

The earthquake jolted Huili and Panzhihua, both in Sichuan, and autonomous prefectures of Chuxiong, Dali, Lijiang and Zhaotong cities, all in Yunnan Province. Kunming, including the capital of Yunnan. The Ministry of Civil Affairs announced 01 September that the quake affected 941,000 people, killed 40 and injured 675 people in two provinces. More than 392,000 houses collapsed or were destroyed and approximately 181,000 people were evacuated.

More than 15,120 tents, 20,000 quilts and 15 million Yuan (about 2.2 million U.S. dollars) in aid have been allocated to the quake areas in Sichuan. According to the ministry, the Yunnan provincial government will allocate 30 million Yuan for quake relief apart from tents and quilts.

The Situation

Most of the fatalities were in Huili, Chuxiong and Panzhihua, which sits on the southern end of the same fault line which was involved in the massive earthquake of 12 May 2008 that left more than 69,000 people dead and nearly 18,000 missing.

On 30 August, China Earthquake Administration, ministry of civil affairs and its departments in Panzhihua and Yunnan launched emergency responses by sending various assessment teams to the earthquake affected areas. Panzhihua government officials rushed to the quake zone to direct relief efforts. Relief materials, including water, food and 300 tents, as well as emergency financial aid of five million Yuan, were sent to the quake-affected areas. More than 2,000 people in Huili were mobilized to join the relief operation that was hampered due to heavy rain late on 30 and 31 August.

Ministry of Civil Affair's assessment team arrived in Panzhihua of Sichuan and Yuan Mou of Yunnan on 01 September. A total of 10,000 tents were allocated to Yunnan to support the local displacement.

In total, more than 15,120 tents, 20,000 quilts and 15 million Yuan (approximately USD 2.2 million) in aid have been allocated to the quake areas in Sichuan. The Yunnan provincial government will allocate 30 million Yuan for quake relief apart from tents and quilts.

The Jet Li One Foundation, initiated by Chinese film star Jet Li, earmarked 2.5 million Yuan and donated materials worth 250,000 Yuan on 31 August to the affected areas in the two provinces.

Map: China: Earthquake (as of 2 Sep 2008) - Situation Map