On Monday 12th May, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck China's south southwest province of Sichuan, leaving an estimated 50,000 people dead and millions homeless. Oxfam is responding to the crisis, assisting survivors in remote, rural areas throughout Sichan, Gansu and Shaanxi provinces.
A devastating earthquake hit southwestern China on Monday 12 May. It is thought that more than 50,000 people may have died in the 7.9-magnitude earthquake.
Oxfam's response
We are responding to the earthquake through Oxfam Hong Kong which has allocated $1.5 million for emergency relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction work.Our teams are currently at work in four locations in Sichuan and Gansu Provinces, focusing on assisting survivors in remote rural areas. The team in Sichuan reports a severe shortage of drinking water in Chengdu, the capital city. We are currently conducting assessments and securing emergency supplies, including from neighboring provinces. Our team in Gansu reports that the cellular phone system is down in Wudu County. Another team is working in Wen County. Both areas were badly affected in the earthquake.
"We are targeting remote areas that are not being covered by the government or other relief efforts, as is Oxfam's normal practice in an emergency. We are communicating closely with government units in Sichuan and Gansu to make sure we do not duplicate their efforts, and to use our resources effectively."
- John Sayer, Director General of Oxfam Hong Kong
We anticipate carrying out a long-term rehabilitation program to provide support in livelihoods restoration and infrastructure recovery
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Updated 15 May 2008