Emergency appeal – Ludian Earthquake, Yunnan
On Sunday 3 August 2014 at 4:40pm, an earthquake of 6.5 magnitude on the Richter scale struck southwest China, Yunnan. At least 398 people died and more than 1,800 are injured. In the quake zone more than 12,000 houses have toppled and more than 30,000 have been severely damaged. The epicenter was in Longtoushan Township, 23 km away from Zhaotong city, the county seat of Ludian.
Infrastructure as transportation, electricity and telecommunications are heavily damaged in many places. Until 4th August in the morning, 467 aftershocks have been reported causing landslides and cracking bridges. Additionally, heavy rain of the monsoon season is exacerbating the work of the rescue teams. Emergency and rescue teams are still combing the debris in search for survivors of the disaster.
After the disaster, Amity Foundation contacted local partner agencies for information. Amity’s staff working in Hezhong, Guizhou nearby rushed during the night towards Ludian County, which is deep in the mountains and economically quite impoverished. Amity will immediately provide raincoats and convenience foods to meet the urgent needs of affected people. At present, emergency relief goods include convenience food, waterproof clothes, rice and edible oil.
Subsequently, Amity will survey the situation and select worse-hit areas to carry out emergency relief operations in accordance to the actual needs. Today two groups of Amity staff are leaving Nanjing for Kunming and Ludian to assist in purchasing and distributing the first batch of emergency goods worth three million Yuan. Amity is appealing to support the victims of the disaster and to help us carry out our humanitarian relief efforts for the sufferers who have lost their loved ones and all their possession.
Amity staff is talking to affected people. Towns and villages are devastated by the earthquake and victims are in the urgent need for medical treatment and basic food supply.