Preliminary Appeal: Relief to earthquake affected people in China – CHN122

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Appeal Target: US$ 581,657

Geneva, 17 September 2012

Dear colleagues,

An earthquake of 5.7 magnitudes on the Richter scale hit the Yiliang County in Zhaotong City of Yunnan Province on 7 September 2012. Since then the county has experienced hundreds of aftershocks. As of 9 September, a total of 81 persons were reported to be killed and 821 have been injured. A total of 201,000 people have been evacuated, while the number of total affected population stands around 750,000. Thousands of houses, especially in rural villages, have been totally collapsed. The public facilities including schools, roads, communication and irrigation system have been severely damaged.

To add to the misery, heavy downpour started on 10 September with a record rainfall of more than 150 millimetres of rain in the urban areas of Yiliang and its neighbouring townships, causing serious mudslides on the mountain, flooding in nearby rivers and causing road blocks at several places. The continuous aftershocks and the rainy and cool weather have been threatening the security of the survivors and helpers.

Besides Yiliang County, Weining Autonomous County in Bijie City of Guizhou Province has also been affected due to the earthquake and heavy rains. As on 11 September a total of 63,000 people from 149 villages of 18 townships are affected in the Weining County. Incessant rainfall is posing the risk of secondary disaster to the people.

Attempts have been made by the Central and local governments, as well as NGOs to provide necessary relief items, including tents, warm clothes, quilts, beds, instant noodles, bottle water, etc. in the affected areas. However, the items have not been adequate enough to meet the needs of all the affected population. Furthermore, the relief remains inaccessible in the remote areas, due to road blocking caused by landslides. The efforts are on to clear the road and then Amity will be in a position to quickly transport the materials there.