China: HKRC donates RMB 200,000 to support Yunnan Dayao earthquake relief operations

Report
from Hong Kong Red Cross
Published on 24 Jul 2003
The Latest Disaster Situation
At 11:15 p.m. on July 21, an earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale hit Dayao County of Yunnan Province (about 180 km northwest of the provincial capital Kunming) in mainland China. According to the Yunnan Provincial Red Cross, the earthquake injured some 584 people and left 16 dead. 1.25 million people were affected and 25,000 houses collapsed in the earthquake. Landslides and mudslides triggered by the earthquake and heavy rains make rescue difficult. The affected area is among the poverty counties and most people are living in mud houses which are vulnerable to earthquake. To avoid danger arising from aftershocks, victims are forced to live in temporary shelters in open space where it is cold at night and the environmental hygiene is poor.

The Red Cross Actions

The Yunnan Provincial Red Cross' assessment and relief team set off within 24 hours of the earthquake. On 22 July, the team arrived at the worst hit area - Shijing township -- and found that food and medicine are most urgently needed. The Yunnan Red Cross has distributed 10 tonnes of rice, 40 tents and 200 pieces of warm clothing to help meeting some of the immediate needs. The Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) headquarters also dispatched 30 tonnes of rice and 50 tents to assist the victims. The Hong Kong Red Cross (HKRC) has remitted RMB 200,000 to the affected areas to render food assistance for the most needy victims.

Enquiry

The HKRC is keeping close contact with the local Red Cross to monitor the development of the disaster, and to decide further actions accordingly. For public enquiry, please call 2507-7134, or email to irsd@redcross.org.hk