On 21 April, the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Ya’an, Sichuan has left 186 people dead, 21 missing and 11,393 injured, 968 of them seriously. Oxfam has begun distributing emergency relief supplies.
As climate negotiations in Tianjin, China, closed today, international development agency Oxfam said the outline of an agreement on a set of decisions at the Cancun summit in December are beginning to appear, but governments will need to work with real urgency to achieve real progress this year.
World leaders could make significant progress toward a climate fund for developing countries when the United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNCCC) resumes talks in Tianjin , China.
Continuous heavy rain has caused problems including flooding and landslides in at least 12 provinces in China since June, affecting 200 million people. Oxfam has been working in Guizhou and Yunnan in recent weeks, bringing badly needed humanitarian relief.
A second Oxfam relief team has delivered supplies to 2,000 earthquake survivors in Qinghai. In addition, Oxfam will also be helping with public hygiene information campaigns and is flying in 600 tents.
Oxfam Hong Kong has distributed blankets for 2,000 survivors of the earthquake in a temporary camp in Yushu County, Qinghai. Yet, about 20,000 people are living in this camp, and the needs are urgent.
Oxfam has sent out two teams of aid experts to earthquake hit Quinhai and Sichuan provinces. The teams will be distributing 2,000 blankets and 2,000 rolls of plastic sheeting for emergency shelter.
International agency Oxfam is preparing to send blankets and water proof sheeting as part of a $260,000 aid package to the earthquake hit area of Yushu County of south-eastern Qinghai Province in northwest China.