Appeal no. 17/99 - Period covered: 1 February - 30 April 2000
The sixth and final Plan of Action to distribute rice, winter clothing and quilts to 1999 flood victims will end shortly, bringing the operation to a close. Despite a 68% response to the appeal, distributions have achieved between 80% (rice) and over 100% (quilts) of the original objectives. Disaster preparedness is now underway, in anticipation of this year’s seasonal Yangtze flooding, likely to start shortly.
Sustained rainfall from the middle of June until late September last year caused extensive flooding along the upper and middle reaches of the Yangtze river in China. Though the floods in 1999 were less severe than those that affected the country in 1998, nevertheless the disaster was far more serious than for any average year.
The International Federation and the Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) responded by identifying target communities within the four worst affected provinces of Hunan, Hubei, Anhui and Jiangxi, and the Federation issued an international Appeal on 24 August seeking CHF 10.2 million in order to give more than one million people access to clean water and sanitation materials for two months, to provide food to approximately 250,000 people over a three-month period as well as to supply 20,000 winter coats and 20,000 quilts to those badly affected by the floods.