Situation Update Since May 2012, China has been successively affected by typhoons and torrential rain, more than 10 provinces were affected by floods with different extent. In August, the flooding situation was further escalated by typhoons and heavy rain; in which, Guangdong, Guangxi, Sichuan, Anhui, and Zhejiang were severely hit.
On 18 August, 3 provinces, including Guangdong, Guangxi, and Hainan were hit by Typhoon Kai Tak. In total, there were 4,588,000 people affected, 2 died and with 530,000 people emergently evacuated; 5,100 houses collapsed, 18,000 damaged; 365,000 hectares of crops were damaged; with a total of RMD3.52 billion direct economic loss was recorded.
The Red Cross Society of China Actions
In response to the floods and typhoons, the Red Cross Society of China has mobilized tents, quilts, clothes and family kits to more than 10 affected provinces since May 2012, including donating 1,500 family kits to the Guangxi Red Cross recently. Local Red Cross branches have also urgently mobilized personnel to conduct needs assessment and relief operations.
The Hong Kong Red Cross Actions In response to the Typhoon Kai Tak, the Hong Kong Red Cross (HKRC) has distributed 2,982 family kits through Guangdong Red Cross and Guangxi Red Cross. Each family kit contains daily necessities, includes towel blanket, towel, clothes, mosquito net, slippers, bucket and dining utensils. The kits value about RMB754,000 in total and it is expected to benefit more than 8,900 people.
Since May 2012, the HKRC has mobilized relief items with a value of about RMB3,149,000 to flood and typhoon affected communities in Hunan, Gansu, Guizhou, Jiangxi, Anhui, Guangdong, and Guangxi through local Red Cross, about 44,000 people were benefited.
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