April 22, 2013

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.

June 30, 2010

Lessons from Typhoon Morakot

By |30 June 2010|

Typhoon Morakot was the most distressing catastrophe to hit Taiwan in 50 years, devastating several areas in the south of the country. The heavy rainfall on August 8, 2009 caused mudslides and flooding that buried the entire town of Xiaolin. Hundreds of lives were lost and hundreds more were left homeless and displaced. Morakot’s aftermath resulted in billions of dollars in damage to infrastructure, as well as to agriculture that supported the aboriginal people.

April 30, 2010

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.

March 31, 2010

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.

November 3, 2008

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 [...]