China: Sichuan Earthquake Emergency appeal n° MDRCN003 - Revised Emergency and Recovery Appeal


This Revised Emergency and Recovery Appeal seeks CHF 152,857,777 (USD 151.4 million or EUR 119.2 million) in cash, kind, or services to support the Red Cross Society of China to assist an estimated 200,000 families (up to 1,000,000 people) affected by the earthquake. This operation is expected to be implemented over 44 months, and will therefore be completed by December 2011; a final report will be made available by March 2012, three months following the end of the operation.

Appeal history:

- A revised emergency appeal was launched on 20 November 2008 for CHF 167.1 million (USD 137.7 million or EUR 110 million) to assist 200,000 families (up to 1,000,000 people) for 31 months.

- An emergency appeal was launched on 30 May 2008 for CHF 96.7 million (USD 92.7 million or EUR 59.5 million) in response to the huge humanitarian needs and in recognition of the unique position of the Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) supported by Red Cross Red Crescent partners to deliver high quality disaster response and recovery programmes.

- A preliminary emergency appeal of CHF 20.1 million (USD 19.3 million and EUR 12.4 million) was issued on 15 May 2008 to support the RCSC to assist around 100,000 people affected by the earthquake for 12 months.

- CHF 250,000 (USD 240,223 or EUR 155,160) was allocated from IFRC's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 12 May 2008, to support the RCSC to immediately start assessments of the affected areas and distribute relief items.


This revised appeal outlines a budget revision down of 8.5 percent (some CHF 14.24 million) from the November 2008 budget figure of CHF 167.1 million. The number of targeted beneficiaries remains the same and the reduction is due largely to significant changes in the shelter reconstruction support programme, leading to changes in other programmes and fine-tuning the overall appeal with more accurate costing. It also reflects the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies' (IFRC) continued commitment towards working with the Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) in meeting the continued needs of communities affected by the earthquake on 12 May 2008 in Sichuan, Gansu and Shaanxi provinces. It is being revised to enable RCSC and its partners to focus efforts where continued and new needs have been identified.

Building on the revised emergency and recovery appeal launched on November 2008 and based largely on regularly changing ground realities in the past year, latest technical assessments, emerging and changing needs and vulnerabilities, the plan of action is more focused and comprehensive, reflecting the transition from reconstruction projects into intensified community-based programming through to the end of 2011. It will also enable the RCSC to strengthen its organizational capacity for relief, recovery/reconstruction and disaster risk reduction in the disaster-affected areas and beyond.

The plan reinforces the partnership for the way forward between IFRC and the National Society. RCSC will assume greater ownership of the operation with more skills development and resource allocation to play a major role in the earthquake operation.

IFRC continues to maintain an operational office in Chengdu with technical delegates covering the major sectors. At the request of the RCSC leadership, IFRC will continue to play a key role in coordinating multilateral funding from the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement. The East Asia regional office in Beijing continues to support the Chengdu office and RCSC headquarters with strategic planning and communications with partners, and is further supported by the Asia Pacific zone office in Kuala Lumpur.