China Flood Appeal 12 Aug 2005

Report
from Hong Kong Red Cross
Published on 12 Aug 2005
International Red Cross Appeals for HK$33 million to support 400,000 China Flood victims

The International Red Cross is seeking HK$33 million to provide immediate relief materials include food, quilts, tents and water purifying tablets to 400,000 China flood victims for 9 months.

Disaster Situation

According to statistics provided by the Red Cross Society of China, as of the 10th of August flooding had devastated 27 provinces across the country leaving some 134 million people affected. 910 people were reported dead, over 830,000 houses have been destroyed and more than 9.5 million hectares of farmland submerged. The direct economic loss has been estimated at RMB86.3 billion and is likely to rise.

Red Crosss Action

Since July, Hong Kong Red Cross has sent 4 relief teams to disaster-hit areas to carry out field assessment and distribute relief materials. So far, RMB500,000 has been used to procure rice for four severely affected provinces in Hunan, Guangxi, Sichuan and Inner Mongolia, reaching more than 12,500 people to sustain for one month. In the Heilongjiang region 1,000 jackets and 500 quilts have been distributed to the affected families.

To date, the Red Cross Society of China has distributed relief materials to the value of RMB16 million including tents, food, clothes, water purification tablets and environmental disinfectants. Provincial Red Cross branches in the country also reacted quickly to raise funds in support of the many people affected.

The Hong Kong Red Cross appeals to the Hong Kong community for their generous donations in support of the emergency flood relief operation in the Mainland. To make a contribution, please deposit a donation into the following "Hong Kong Red Cross China Relief Fund" bank accounts, or send a crossed cheque (made payable to the "Hong Kong Red Cross China Relief Fund") to Hong Kong Red Cross International & Relief Service Department, 33 Harcourt Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong.

Means of Donation

The HKRC appeals to the Hong Kong community for their generous donations in support of the emergency flood relief operation in the Mainland. Donation can be made by:

1. Direct transfer to the "Hong Kong Red Cross China Relief Fund" bank accounts:

HSBC: 567-650155-016 Hang Seng Bank: 267-175123-001
Bank of China: 806-0-000161-7 Bank of East Asia: 514-40-39966-3

2. Crossed cheques (made payable to the "Hong Kong Red Cross China Relief Fund") to Hong Kong Red Cross International & Relief Service Department, 33 Harcourt Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong.

3. Credit Card: Donation form could be downloaded here

4. On-line donation: click here

5. Payment by Phone Service: (Merchant Code: Hong Kong Red Cross-9167)

(If you don't have Donor ID No., please contact us for details.)

Enquiry

Please call 2507-7134 or email at china@redcross.org.hk

Other Red Cross news on this operation

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies: http://www.ifrc.org

The Headquarters of the Red Cross Society of China: http://www.redcross.org.cn