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World Vision China Responds to Destructive Southern China Floods

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1 AUGUST 2014, CHINA --- World Vision responds to the immediate needs of those affected by the rain-triggered regions across southern China since June. In July alone, approximately 22 million people were affected across 9 provinces (Zhejiang, Anhui, Jiangxi, Hunan, Hubei, Guangxi, Guizhou, Yunnan and Sichuan) resulting to an economic loss at a total of RMB30 billion (USD5 billion). Recent typhoons have intensified the situation, and more are expected in the coming months due to a strong El Nino affect.

Last week, World Vision China assessment teams carried out initial assessment in Hunan and Guizhou, two of the worst hit provinces. Hygiene kits and child-friendly kits were distributed to some of the affected families during the assessment visits. World Vision China will to continue advance its assessment efforts into Guangxi and Jiangxi provinces.

"In the worst-hit counties of Hunan and Guizhou provinces, many houses were washed away, with numerous farmlands damaged. The affected population, children in particular, are in urgent need for food and other emergency assistance. Rehabilitation work is also essential to help these people recover, as well as Disaster Risk Reduction approaches to help minimize future impact, " says Victor Kan, National Director of World Vision China.

World Vision China is appealing for USD1million of funding to support further relief and rehabilitation work in Hunan, Guizhou, Guangxi and Jiangxi provinces. The organization plans to provide emergency supplies including food, hygiene kits, family kits and quilts and conduct house, facility and school rehabilitation work, targeting 53,000 beneficiaries.

In Hunan province, the total affected population has reached over 7.35 million. 473,000 hectares of farmland are damaged. Over 83,400 houses have collapsed or seriously damaged. The estimated direct economic loss for Hunan is appx USD1.1billion. In Anhua County, a nationally designated poor town, it is estimated that there are 350,000 people facing serious food shortage from now till first half of 2015. Many of their homes have been completely wiped out by floods and landslides. Their limited crops were also destroyed. In Taoyuan County, the overflow of the river has flooded 35 towns, some of which are completely inundated. It is estimated that 160,000 people are facing food shortage for at least 3 months from now.

In Guizhou province, the total affected population has reached over 4.54 million. 500,000 hectares of farmland are damaged. Over 24,000 houses collapsed or are damaged. The estimated directly economic loss is USD1billion. In Yinjiang County, due to persistent severe heavy rain, many places are still being flooded and emergency assistance has to be delivered by boats. Among the destroyed infrastructure, the only primary school in Jiade Village is also completely destroyed, affecting 105 students.

In Guangxi province, 4.28 million people are affected. Nearly 1,500,000 hectares of farmland are damaged and over 8,500 houses collapsed or are damaged.

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WORLD VISION REGIONAL MEDIA COORDINATOR:
Joanne Tay Humanitarian & Emergency Affairs Communications Specialist,
Asia Pacific, World Vision InternationalMobile : +6016-2101220 , skype : joanne_tay1 Email : joanne_tay@wvi.org

WORLD VISION CHINA MEDIA COORDINATOR Joy Li, Assistant Communications Officer,
World Vision China Office: +852-23096176; Hong Kong mobile: +852-9142 7214 Email: joy_li@wvi.org