China: Sichuan Earthquake (MDRCN003), Operations Update no. 28

Situation Report
Originally published


GLIDE n° EQ-2008-000062-CHN

Period covered by this update: 1 April - 30 June 2010

Appeal target (current): CHF 167,102,368 Appeal coverage: With contributions received to date, in cash and kind, the appeal is currently approximately 93 per cent covered.

Appeal history:

- A revised emergency appeal was launched on 20 November 2008 for 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 the International Federation'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.


A full operation review took place in May 2010 and covers the entire duration of the operation until 1 April 2010, including relief and recovery activities. The review report will be shared with all the partners as soon as it is finalized.

A total of five community-based health and first aid (CBHFA) manuals1 from Geneva were translated and localized, and 1,000 sets of these manuals were printed and distributed to National Society branches and other organization partners working in the provinces.

The psychosocial support (PSP) programme agreement was signed between IFRC and RCSC in April 2010. The plan of action, budget and logical framework have been finalized. The IASC mental health reference books have been printed and distributed all the UN agencies, Red Cross partners and other international non-governmental organizations working in the mental health field.

Due to minor changes to the original pipeline design, pipeline construction for the water supply system started in May with main feeder pipes installed to a total length of 8,018 metres, about 16 per cent of the total. A geotechnical survey was conducted at the water treatment plant site and the findings were used in the design process. Meanwhile, funds for the cancelled bio-gas household latrine project will re-directed to a new water sanitation project in Qingping township, Mianzhu county.

Since the business and vocational training started on 23 March, a total of 1,490 people from 17 townships of the 20 have started lessons on 12 different training courses. The training plan for disabled beneficiaries has been developed and approved by the livelihood programme's working group in May. Up to 40 disabled beneficiaries have received training by the end of June. IFRC, in conjunction with the Mianzhu Labour Bureau, is developing a detailed beneficiary database for reporting and analytical purposes

In April, the financial institutions assessment by PlaNet Finance was finalized. Deyang and Mianzhu Red Cross branches and Mianzhu Labour Bureau have selected and approved cooperating with the Postal and Savings Bank of China (PSBC) as technical micro credit service provider.

In April and May, a workshop on programme planning and vulnerability and capacity assessment analysis was held in Shaanxi and Gansu.

Discussions continue on the six disaster preparedness centres planned in Sichuan, Gansu and Shaanxi. In June, the IFRC, represented by regional disaster management delegate, WatSan delegate from Chengdu field office and WatSan delegate from Asia Pacific Zone, conducted an assessment for emergency response teams' existing capacities in three targeted provinces (Yunnan, Hunan and Hubei). Key follow up actions such as equipment modification, training and resource development are planned and a follow up review is scheduled for December 2010.