Oxfam prepares $280,000 aid package for China earthquake

Emergencies, Media Releases, News article written on the 16 Apr 2010

International agency Oxfam is preparing to send blankets and water proof sheeting as part of a $280,000 aid package to the earthquake hit area of Yushu County of south-eastern Qinghai Province in northwest China.

The supplies will be sent from Oxfam’s stock held in warehouses in neighbouring Chengdu in Sichuan Province, and Lanzhou in Gansu Province. The agency has offices in both cities. Qinghai borders Sichuan and Gansu, and the epicentre was near the south-eastern border.

Oxfam is in contact with the local government of Qinghai and local non-governmental organisations assessing how it can best help.

“The freezing weather is a great challenge to survivors of the earthquake, many of whom are impoverished. Night-time temperatures are dropping to zero Celsius. Oxfam is planning to deliver thick blankets and water-proof sheeting to people whose homes have been damaged or destroyed by the earthquake,” said John Sayer, Director General of Oxfam Hong Kong.

An earthquake of a 7.1 magnitude hit Yushu County of south-eastern Qinghai Province at 07:49 am local time on Wednesday, 14 April, followed by a series of aftershocks. Official reports indicate that 617 people have been killed, 9,110 injured, and 313 people remain missing. The earthquake toppled 15,000 residential buildings, making about 100,000 people, many of whom are poor, homeless.

Oxfam has previously assisted people in Qinghai in massive snowstorms in 1997 and again in 2008.

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Keith Wong +(852) 31205281 / +(852) 94262764