Update: Qinghai, China Earthquake
A 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck China’s Qinghai province at 7.49am local time on Wednesday 14 April. Over 2,690 people have died and as many as 12,000 are injured. At least 100,000 people have been affected and 15,000 homes damaged or destroyed. World Vision is continuing to provide assistance to communities affected by the quake.
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A 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck China’s Qinghai province at 7.49am local time on Wednesday 14 April.
Over 2,690 people are reported to have died while as many as 12,000 are injured. At least 100,000 people have been affected by the disaster and 15,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed. As rescue workers begin efforts to find survivors amidst the rubble these numbers are expected to rise.
Local news sources reported that more than 85% of the buildings in Jiegu town were damaged or destroyed.
World Vision's response
World Vision China does not have any development programmes in Qinghai, however, immediately after the quake, a team of experienced aid workers commenced distribution of relief items to those affected.
As part of the relief effort, World Vision has so far reached 80,000 people with emergency assistance including:
- Relief items such as food and hygiene kits to affected families
- Distribution of 1,000 boxes of instant noodles and 1,200 tons of flour to 40,000 people
- 2,000 quilts and 230 residential tents have been delivered to families, with plans to distribute 1,420 more tents and 3,000 foldable beds
- A total of 40 child-friendly kits have been distributed with plans to provide 100 more
World Vision also plans to:
- Distribute 5,000 back-to-school kits
- 5,000 desk and chair sets to schools in affected areas
- Distribution of temporary school shelters
World Vision first began working in China in 1982, and has reached a total of 2.1 million people affected by the 2008 Sichuan quake, including helping communities rebuild homes, schools and livelihoods.
World Vision has also provided awareness raising activities for thousands of children and families in China about disaster safety, including earthquake safety, using cartoon books that teach children where to go, what to do and who to contact in order to save lives ahead of a disaster.
Children sponsored by Australians
No areas where children sponsored by Australians live have been affected by the earthquake. Please be assured that if we receive information of concern regarding any sponsored children we will contact sponsors immediately.
How you can help
Support for the Emergency & Preparedness Fund enables World Vision to prepare for emergencies by pre-stocking and positioning life-saving supplies and ensuring trained staff are available to be on the scene quickly, to respond to emergencies like the earthquake in China.
Find out more about our Emergency & Preparedness Fund or donate now.