China earthquake: Save the Children preparing to respond to the needs of children and their families
Yesterday at 9:19 pm (Beijing Time) a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Jiuzhaigou in China’s Sichuan province. The epicentre is close to a popular tourist resort and about 285 km from Chengdu city. According to Chinese media, quoting the emergency response office, the earthquake has led to 9 dead and 164 injured, including 32 seriously. China National Commission for Disaster Reduction estimated that 24,000 houses are at risk of serious damage or collapse. Information is still coming through and the extent of the damage is unknown.
Save the Children’s Program Operations Director Dr. Zhang Hongxia said:
“Given the frequent landslides in the raining season and potential massive secondary disaster following the big earthquake, Save the Children is deeply concerned about the safety of children and women in the affected areas. We are currently building the rapid needs assessment team so that we can respond to the needs of children and their families as they become apparent."
Save the Children has a strong presence in Sichuan province and prior to this responded to the deadly Wenchuan earthquake in 2008 and Ya’an earthquake in 2013.