MH China begins aid work following China earthquake

Report
from Muslim Hands International
Published on 17 May 2008
Last Monday 12th May saw a devastating earthquake strike Sichuan province in China. Measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale, the quake has left almost 30,000 dead, 150,000 injured and millions missing. Landslides and the risk of flooding threaten the work of rescue crews who are still frantically trying to retrieve survivors out from collapsed buildings. According to estimates, 500,000 are feared dead and the reverberations from this powerful earthquake were felt as far as Bangkok- almost 1,500 miles from the epicentre.

Muslim Hands China immediately began aid distribution in the region setting up a relief team which has already arrived in Mianyang City bordering two of the worst affected cities and is distributing vital food, water and medicine. MH China is planning to enter in Beichuan and Wenchuan County to carry out further relief work as soon as roads are opened by authorities. MH China will continue relief efforts and has mobilised full food, water and shelter provisions. Muslim Hands is launching an urgent appeal for funds. Please donate generously.

Notes to Editors

Established in 1993, Muslim Hands is an international NGO working in over forty countries worldwide to help those affected by natural disasters, conflict and poverty.

We are a UK Registered Charity (No. 1105056).

MH has permanent field offices in China and has carried out extensive medical and orphan care work in the country.

Muslim Hands is experienced in disaster relief and has a track record of responding to the Asian Tsunami, Cyclone Sidr in Bangladesh, the Pakistan Earthquake and the Cyclone Nargis in Burma.

Contact:

Mr Shahid Bashir
Muslim Hands, 148 Gregory Boulevard, Nottingham. NG7 5JE
Tel: +44 (0)115 911 7222
Email: shahid@muslimhands.org