A major earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale jolted Wenchuan County, Aba Prefecture in southwest China's Sichuan Province on May 12, causing staggering destruction.
Latest official figures indicate that over 40,075 people are feared dead, over 245,100 are injured, buried or missing, and 4.8 million people have been displaced.
Red Cross support to those affected by the earthquake in China has been immediate.
The Red Cross Society of China has been providing non-stop assistance to those in the affected areas, distributing tents, food, water, clothes and medicine around the clock in the earthquake-affected areas.
The Canadian Red Cross is accepting donations from the Canadian public to support the relief efforts that are already underway.
Total funds received for the Canadian Red Cross China Earthquake appeal as of midday May 20 are $5.7 million. This includes more than $3.7 million donated by generous Canadians, $1 million from the Government of Canada through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and $1 million from the Government of Ontario.
The Canadian Red Cross collects funds to meet the immediate relief and long-term recovery needs of disaster survivors. Should donations supporting the China Earthquake relief and recovery effort meet the amount required, the Canadian Red Cross will cease collecting donations for the response and will communicate this information immediately to the public.
Canadians wishing to make a financial donation may give online at www.redcross.ca, call 1-800-418-1111 or contact their local Canadian Red Cross office. The 24-hour toll free line accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express. Cheques should be made payable to the Canadian Red Cross, earmarked “China Earthquake” and mailed to the Canadian Red Cross National Office, 170 Metcalfe Street, Suite 300, Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 2P2.
A devastating cyclone hit Myanmar on May 2nd leaving a trail of unimaginable destruction in its wake. High winds, heavy rain and flood water have destroyed homes and livelihoods and left hundreds of thousands of people in urgent need. Latest official figures indicate that more than 78,000 people are dead and over two million have been affected.
The Red Cross response was immediate. Since the cyclone hit, over 27,000 local Red Cross volunteers have been working around the clock to distribute urgently needed first aid, shelter and basuc supplies.
To date, 26 Red Cross Red Crescent flights have arrived in Yangon carrying 302 tonnes of essential relief items and supplies, with another 230 tonnes scheduled to arrive by the end of this week.
In addition, as part of the Government of Canada’s rapid response project the Canadian Red Cross has successfully deployed 2,000 emergency shelter kits into the Yangon region. Myanmar Red Cross volunteers will distribute the kits which will provide urgently needed shelter for up to 10,000 people.
While Canadians’ response to this disaster has been swift and generous, the needs are overwhelming and help is still urgently needed.
The Red Cross is appealing to the public to give generously to help the people affected by this disaster. Funds raised will be used to provide survivors with basic supplies, emergency shelter, and to ensure people have access to health care and clean water.
Canadians wishing to make a financial donation may give online at www.redcross.ca, call 1-800-418-1111 or contact their local Canadian Red Cross office. The 24-hour toll free line accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express. Cheques should be made payable to the Canadian Red Cross, earmarked “Myanmar Cyclone” and mailed to the Canadian Red Cross National Office, 170 Metcalfe Street, Suite 300, Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 2P2.