Sichuan Earthquake Fund 2013: April 22 On-the-Ground Updates

LATEST UPDATES FROM GIVE2ASIA IN CHINA:

Casualties and Losses across 69 counties:

  • 1,500,000 affected
  • 11,460 injured
  • 188 dead
  • 25 miissing

Government Efforts:

  • Government has resettled 171,000 victims and is offering RMB230 to displaced victims; RMB 5,000 to the families of those killed
  • Ministry of Civil Affairs is sending the second batch of relief materials to Sichuan, including 5,000 of the following: family packs, quilts, thick coats, and 1,200 tents
  • Ministry of Civil Affairs has appropriated 32,000 tents, 50,000 beds, 10,000 folding beds, and 600 emergency lights. In addition, Sichuan Provincial Civil Affairs Bureaus has allocated 10,000 tents, 50,000 quilts, 10,000 folding beds, and nine food and drinking water trucks. Other provinces and state-run enterprises have sent an additional 50,000 quilts, power generators and other materials
  • People’s Liberation Army and militia reserves have sent over 18,000 soldiers, 28 helicopters and 796 vehicles, rescuing 2,500 people so far.

Efforts from Civil Society:

  • A total of 36 foundations have started disaster relief work or plans and have collectively raised RMB266 million (US$42 million) domestically
  • Within 24 hours of the disaster, 14 local NGOs in Chengdu set up the “Allied 420 Rescue Team” to coordinate and collaborate relief efforts

Ongoing Needs in Affected Communities:

Urgent needs for the coming days and into the next month include basic supplies such as food (mainly instant food), drinking water, clothing, beds, blankets, eco-toilets, flashlights, and water-proof facilities. Also needed are household supplies such as candles, cooking utensils, baby formula, toiletries, power generators. Basic medical supplies are also needed.

The need to restore services to relocated communities, as well as psycho-social counseling and economic revitalization will emerge as community needs in the mid and long term.

Local Partners in China:

Many local Give2Asia partners in China are currently responding to the disaster, including

  • NGO Disaster Preparedness Center (NGODPC)*
  • China Social Entrepreneur Foundation (YouChange)
  • China Women’s Development Foundation (CWDF)*
  • China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA)*
  • China Youth Development Foundation (CYDF)*
  • China Beijing United Charity Foundation (CBUCF)

*Give2Asia partner for Sichuan Earthquake 2008 relief and recovery.