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Hong Kong Red Cross mobilized HK$1.4million for recent earthquake relief operations in Sichuan and Yunnan

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In response to an earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale that struck Panzhihua city and Huili county, Hong Kong Red Cross is transporting 538 family packs valued HKD200,000 to the needy in the most affected area Huili county in Liangshanzhou and will distribute to the victims in the coming two days.

Since one of the immediate needs is to get shelter to the people who lost their homes in the earthquake, Hong Kong Red Cross has allocated another HKD 1.2 million to purchase 706 tents for the victims in another earthquake affected area, Chuxiong of Yunnan.

Yunnan Red Cross overcame logistic difficulties of transportation and sent the first batch of relief supplies, including 2,000 cotton quilts and 200 tents to Chuxiong yesterday. The Red Cross Society of China has also swiftly responded to the disaster by distributing 3000 cotton blankets, 2000 clothes, 500 family packs, 3500 mosquito nets and 400 boxes of disinfectant to the needy.

Hong Kong Red Cross will closely monitor the disaster situation and further assistance will be decided accordingly.

Donation

The Hong Kong Red Cross would like to express our gratitude to the generous support of the Hong Kong community to our 5.12 Sichuan Earthquake relief and reconstruction operation. The Hong Kong Red Cross has been rendering relief to the affected communities shortly after the earthquake, and has now focused our work on the rehabilitation of local communities. As the emergency relief needs have been largely met, starting from 1 August 2008, all donations received by the "Hong Kong Red Cross China Relief Fund" bank accounts will be used for supporting other disaster related work in China, except those specified donations for the Sichuan Earthquake. In addition, donations received via "7-Eleven" after 31 July 2008 will be allocated to support the humanitarian work of the Hong Kong Red Cross.

Donations for supporting the post-earthquake reconstruction and disaster preparedness work can still be made by the following methods:

1. Direct transfer to the "Hong Kong Red Cross China Relief Fund" bank accounts

HSBC:?004?-567-650155-016

Hang Seng Bank:?024?-267-175123-001

Bank of China:?012?-806-0-000161-7

Bank of East Asia:?015?-514-40-39966-3

Please return the original pay-in-slip with name, address and contact number to International & Relief Service Department, Hong Kong Red Cross, 33 Harcourt Road, Wanchai, and clearly indicate that the donation is designated for "Sichuan Earthquake 2008".

2. By sending crossed cheque (made payable to the "Hong Kong Red Cross China Relief Fund") with name, address and contact number to International & Relief Service Department, Hong Kong Red Cross, 33 Harcourt Road, Wanchai, and clearly indicate that the donation is designated for "Sichuan Earthquake 2008".

Enquiry

Please call 2802-0021 or email to relief@redcross.org.hk