Clean up efforts begin in China after quake

By |24 July 2013|

Rescuers are looking for survivors after a strong earthquake hit a poor region of northwest China. About 123,000 people were affected by the quake, which struck at 7.45 on 22 July near the city of Dingxi in Gansu province. Staff members from a local Caritas partner organisation, Jinde Charities, are working with the Lanzhou Social Service Centre. Its staff visited the disaster area on the same day the quake hit to do an assessment. Although  Gansu is one of China’s less densely populated provinces, it is a poverty stricken area. Heavy rain is expected later in the week, raising the need for shelter and increasing the possibility of landslides. China's worst earthquake in recent years struck the southwestern province of Sichuan in 2008. Measuring magnitude 7.9, it left 90,000 people dead or missing. In November, 2011, Jinde conducted a training on emergency response and invited eight church based organisations in China to participate. Lanzhou [...]

Sichuan earthquake

By |28 April 2013|

According to Caritas Hong Kong, the earthquake that shook the Sichuan Province in Southwest China a week ago has claimed the lives of 200 people and wounded 12,000 affecting over 1.5 million inhabitant living in the province. “In the villages I visited the most urgently needed supplies are tents, plastic sheeting and blankets as well as drugs, analgesics, anti-inflammatory soap, food, oil” says Br. Yi , a Caritas volunteers. The Chinese government has been quick to respond and dispatch teams and troops as it is the second disaster hitting that the region in the past five years. Search and rescue teams are operating around the clock and desperately fighting against time to save as many lives as possible whilst the continuing aftershocks are impeding with their rescue efforts. The pressure is mounting as most of the relief materials can only be transported to the affected areas after the completion of [...]

Landslides complicating Sichuan quake relief efforts

By |22 April 2013|

Caritas partners are struggling to reach Taiping, a remote township near the epicentre of Saturday’s deadly earthquake. The earthquake of 6.6 magnitudes struck the province of Sichuan in Southwest China on 20 April, killing nearly 200 people, leaving thousands of people injured and causing significant damages.

Recovering from trauma after an earthquake in China

By |7 July 2011|

Zhou Ma withdrew into grief when she and her elder 25-year-old daughter were both widowed by the April earthquake in China’s western Qinghai province. Zhou Ma, who is 45, felt the heavy responsibility of caring also for her 15-year-old younger daughter and grandson who was only four. It was a family tragedy and she became depressed. Volunteers from Caritas members and partner agencies could not coax her to speak when they visited, carrying dried milk and small gifts. But still they kept coming. After two months, Zhou Ma thanked them in a tiny, soft voice. “You came back. You are very good, you are really concerned about us.”Zhou Ma now frequently goes to the Mother and Babies Health Centre which is co-sponsored by Caritas Hong Kong and Caritas Korea. And now she talks about how she is rebuilding her life. Three thousand people were killed in that earthquake in a remote [...]

Food, tents, warm clothes needed in China after quake

By |30 April 2010|

Over six hundred people have now been confirmed dead as a result of the earthquake and over 10,000 are injured. However, some of the areas affected are isolated and haven’t yet been reached so these figures could rise.

Quake aid arriving in China despite difficult weather

By |31 March 2010|

The remote region in North-West China was struck by a 6.9 magnitude earthquake on 14 April, leaving more than 2,000 people dead and more than 12,000 wounded.

Caritas network respond to China earthquake

By |3 November 2008|

Caritas Internationalis is supporting Caritas Hong Kong's relief efforts in the wake of the powerful May 12 earthquake in China that has claimed more than 68,000 lives. In and around the capital city of Sichuan, Caritas Hong Kong has assessment teams on the ground identifying the scale of devastation and loss, and the ways to best provide immediate and long-term support for survivors. The assessment team found hygienic conditions to be dire and the needs of children paramount. Other Caritas members from France, Germany and Taiwan are also active in the earthquake disaster zone. "Most of the children who lived in the temporary tents were [sitting] idle; they had nothing to do. Though they had shelter and received something to eat, nobody was taking care of their secondary needs. They need clothes, basic living essentials. The tents are scattered and not many of the volunteers are professionally trained in counseling," said a partner [...]

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