China: Floods Emergency Appeal No. MDRCN002 Operations Update No. 4

Situation Report
Originally published


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In Brief

Period covered: 1 October to 31 October, 2007; Appeal target: CHF 9,462,000 (USD 7,692,683 or EUR 5,710,320) ; Appeal coverage: 21.4%, Outstanding needs: CHF 7,433,581 (USD6,439,839 or EUR 4,445,040)

Appeal history:

- Launched on 30 July 2007 for CHF 9,462,000 (USD 7,692,683 or EUR 5,710,320) for 12 months
to assist 400,000 beneficiaries.

- Final report due 30 Oct 2008.

- Disaster Relief Emergency Funds (DREF) allocated: 16 July 2007, for CHF 240,000 (USD 199,465 or EUR 146,468).

Operational summary:

Reconstruction of housing is underway in Hubei and Henan provinces. A total of 150 and 180 houses will be built in each province, respectively. The Red Cross Society of China headquarters and the Federation conducted joint visits to the construction areas to finalize the selection of beneficiaries. Tendering has commenced in both provinces and materials will be procured and distributed in the near future.

Funding support has met the needs for quilt distribution and has covered many of the immediate relief supply needs, but more support is needed in order to meet the goals to support 2,000 families in the reconstruction of their homes.

Virtually no funding has been received to cover activities that will lead to critical community risk reduction and mitigation.


Flooding caused by torrential rains and typhoons this summer have displaced hundreds of thousands of families. The Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) with its extensive network of branches throughout the nation has been responding to the floods with both preparatory measures and relief efforts, including both food and nonfood items delivered to those affected by the disasters. Rice, tents, clothing and blankets have been provided to those most severely affected by floods this year.

Still many families are awaiting news or funding on the reconstruction of their damaged or destroyed homes. The government of China is working with local authorities and families to secure some portion of assistance, but it is generally not enough to cover the extreme expense of rebuilding for those low-income families who have lost their homes and possessions completely.

With the onset of winter encroaching already, the Red Cross Society of China is already beginning the reconstruction efforts in a number of villages. Beneficiaries, who will be selected from among the most vulnerable communities, are participating in the tendering and selection process and will receive a Federation grant for building materials to reconstruct their homes, in addition to a smaller local government grant and the offer of an interest-free loan from the bank, negotiated by the government on behalf of these low-income families. The reconstructed homes, in many cases replacing houses built out of mud and timber, will be sited in safe locations with convenient access to local markets.

Note: (1) Interim financial report as of end of 30 Sept 07.