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China: Floods DREF operation n° MDRCN004 Final report

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On 8 August 2010, a massive mudslide which battered Zhouqu county of Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Gansu province caused a death toll of 1,481, with another 284 people missing. It affected more than 47,000 people, forcing them to evacuate to schools or to live with their relatives.

RCSC mobilized donations from all its branches, valued at approximately CNY 42.12 million (CHF 3.66 million) for emergency relief. Emergency supplies like tents, blankets, instant noodles, bottled water, sausages, garlic, edible oil and medicines was distributed in the worst-hit county of Zhouqu, as well as some others affected by floods and landslides.

In this operation, IFRC has provided 5,000 sets of food parcels, kitchen sets and hygiene kits to the worst-hit families from late September to early October 2010, and such assistance has proved to be a key support for their preparation for the reconstruction phase.

As most of the affected families are staying in transitional sites where living conditions are crowded, and their trauma due to the loss of relatives may persist for some time, hygiene promotion and psychological support was also provided. Trained local volunteers performed door-to-door dissemination of hygiene knowledge and psychological support for the villagers. A total of 20,000 sets of education leaflets and 3,800 posters were distributed in the process, and these activities were welcomed by the beneficiaries. At the end of the operation, a small balance of CHF 3,059 was returned to DREF as unspent funds.