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CWS/ACT Appeal - #976309: China/Yunnan Province Earthquakes

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CHURCH WORLD SERVICE: EMERGENCY RESPONSE OFFICE

(In support of ACT Appeal ASCN01 for $211,424)
CWS Target: $80,000
February 1, 2000
SITUATION: Two earthquakes measuring 5.9 and 6.5 on the Richter Scale hit Dayao County and Yao An County in southwest China's Yunnan Province on January 15. The earthquakes caused considerable damage to public and private property, rendering more than 150,000 persons homeless.

RESPONSE: The Amity Foundation, an Action by Churches Together (ACT) International member and long-time CWS partner, has determined that food, clothing, cotton quilts and shelter remain the most urgent needs for those who lived in what was already one of China's poorest regions.

Amity, which sent an assessment team to the region, allocated $48,426 from its revolving fund for immediate assistance to the disaster survivors. Amity has begun distributing shelter materials and cotton quilts to vulnerable, homeless families exposed to the freezing winter temperatures.

The first batch of 1,500 cotton quilts, along with a supply of wind- and water-proof cloth, were transported to Guantun Township January 20, and distributed immediately to 1,500 families, Amity reported. A second batch of quilts and cloth were distributed Jan. 25.

The survivors are very grateful, Amity reports. "These relief materials are life-saving materials", Amity said, quoting a disaster survivor. "Some of the weak, the old, and the young might have died of the cold if it had not been for these quilts and cloth."

CWS SUPPORT: CWS is supporting this appeal and is seeking $80,000 in denominational and public support. Already, CWS has designated $50,000 in CWS Blanket Funds toward the appeal, and the Church of the Brethren has provided $10,000. Denominations can support the appeal either.