China: Floods Emergency Appeal No. MDRCN002 Operations Update No. 6

Situation Report
Originally published


Period covered by this Operations Update: 20 January 2008 to 31 March 2008;

Appeal target: CHF 9,462,000 (USD 7,692,683 or EUR 5,710,320);

Appeal coverage: 26%;

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.

- Disaster Relief Emergency Funds (DREF): CHF 240,000 (USD 199,465 or EUR 146,468) was initially allocated from the Federation's DREF to support the national society to respond.

Summary: The 2007 flooding, caused by torrential rains from June to September, left hundreds of thousands of families displaced and more than 1,000 people dead or missing. In the areas where the Federation is supporting the flood operations, at least 243,000 houses were reported totally collapsed in five provinces, Henan, Hubei, Anhui and Sichuan provinces and Chongqing Municipal City. The Federation allocated immediate assistance through its disaster relief emergency fund (DREF) for the Red Cross Society of China on 16 July and distributed relief goods, such as rice, quilts, water purification and disinfectants. After the emergency appeal was launched on 30 July, additional relief goods were distributed in the five provinces, including construction materials for the rebuilding of the collapsed houses.

The rice and quilt distribution has been completed and the key funding support has met the needs for quilts, but more support is still needed in order to meet the goals to support 2,000 families in the reconstruction of their homes. At this point, 330 families have been supported by the appeal fund with most of their new houses completed by the end of March. The community-based disaster preparedness project sites were selected by the RCSC headquarters and the Federation. Xinfeng village and Huangshan village in Henan Province, Huangjin Village in Chongqing Municipal City, and Mehekou village and Xianyuan village in Anhui Province are preparing for CBDP activities.

The situation

Torrential rains across southern China during the 2007 summer season caused some of the worst flooding in decades, and in some areas, in recorded history. The Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) was able to respond immediately across five of the worst hit provinces with the assistance of DREF and emergency appeal funding from the Federation. Relief goods were distributed and reconstruction of housing commenced before the Chinese New Year. Further support for community-based disaster preparedness is currently underway in five communities.

In the meantime, these provinces were hit with the worst winter weather in five decades. The odd streak of cold weather started mid-January 2008 and hit south and central China in areas that rarely get snow and are not prepared for such severe weather. These snowstorms have killed at least 107 people and caused economic losses of around CNY 111.1 billion (USD 15.4 billion). The Red Cross Society of China launched a national appeal on 1 February, which also attracted contributions internationally after the Federation's two information bulletins. The RCSC raised CNY 247 million in cash (CHF 35 million) and in-kind donations of relief items, and has provided food, medicine, cotton-patted tents to the worst hit areas, which include Hunan, Hubei, Guangxi, Guizhou, Anhui, and Jiangxi. The RCSC has turned its relief from emergency response to rehabilitation and is planning to allocate CNY 100 million (CHF 14.4 million) for reconstruction of houses and clinics and disaster risk reduction activities.

Contact information

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

Red Cross Society of China: Mr. Wang Xiaohua, director of external relations department; email:; phone: +86.10.6404.8366, fax +86.10.6402.9928.

East Asia Regional Representation Office in China: Mr. Carl Naucler, (head of regional delegation), email;; phone: +86 10 6532 7162; Mr. Qinghui Gu (regional disaster management coordinator), email;; phone +86 1391 0959 834, fax+86 10 6532 7166

Asia Pacific Zone in Kuala Lumpur: Ms Amy Gaver, phone: + 60 3 2161 0892, fax: +60 3 2161 1210, mobile +60 12 220 1174, email: