Sichuan Earthquake (MDRCN003), Operations Update no. 32

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GLIDE n° EQ-2008-000062-CHN
Operations Update n° 32
19 December 2011

Period covered by this update: 1 May – 30 September 2011
Appeal target (current): CHF 152.86 million
Appeal coverage: With contributions received to date, in cash and kind, the appeal is currently approximately 100 per cent covered.

Appeal history:

• A revised emergency appeal was launched on 22 September 2010 for CHF 152.86 million (USD 151.4 million or EUR 119.2 million) to assist 200,000 families (up to 1,000,000 people) for 44 months.

• 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 IFRC’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.


Community-based disaster preparedness (CBDP) - By the end of September, mitigation measures and training in 12 villages in three selected counties of Shaanxi province were completed. Programmes in three other villages in Qianyang county are nearing completion. In Gansu province, the community working plans for 15 villages were finalized. Seven of the 15 villages had finished mitigation measures.

Disaster preparedness centre - Three out of six of the disaster preparedness centres in Sichuan province have either started land clearance and levelling work or completed the foundation according to the construction schedule. It was agreed that renovation of the current disaster preparedness centres in Yunnan and Hubei would best fit the purpose of storing water and sanitation ERT equipment for the two provinces; while in Hunan, it was decided that a newly constructed disaster preparedness centre was needed to store ERT equipment and better mobilize the resources in future emergency operations.

Water Supply project - By the end of May 2011, more than 40,000 metres of water distribution pipe was installed and the water treatment plant constructed, complete with new equipment. Up to the end of September 2011, around 2,511 households have been connected to this water supply system.

Community-based health and first aid - By the end of June 2011, the training of trainer (TOT) workshops in all four targeted provinces have been completed and a total of 1,130 volunteers have been trained in the first modules of CBHFA manual.

Psychosocial support programme – In Sichuan, 50 community volunteers from five perfectures were recruited and trained to conduct psychosocial activities in their communities. The project targeted 10 primary and middle schools in those perfectures and each of the targeted schools have established their own project implementation teams composed of ten teachers. Up to the end of September, three perfectures have completed the second phase training for the teachers while the remaining two will be completed in October – November. In Yunnan, the project planned to launch PSP activities in the communities targeting the elderly people and ethnic minority areas. The start of these activities has been delayed due to the delays in development of localized PSP materials in minority languages by the contracted research organization.

Livelihood training component - The end of June saw the passing of 16 months since the beginning of the training component last March, marking the completion of training 5,400 relocated farmers and 600 disabled farmers in Mianzhu county. In total, 6,008 earthquake-affected vulnerable people have been trained in 25 different training courses, with approximately 400 more beneficiaries trained according to the target group’s needs and partners’ consensus. Out of the 6,008 beneficiaries, 812 were disabled.

Microfinance component - By the end of September, 132 small loans (totalling approximately RMB 2,041,908) were released in eight townships. The average loan amount is RMB 15,469, all in 12-month terms.