On 7 September 2012, two earthquakes measuring 5.7 and 5.6 magnitude hit a border area near Yiliang in Yunnan and Weining county in Guizhou province. 81 persons died and more than 200,000 persons are in urgent need of relocation. The disaster has damaged over 350,000 houses and affected 256,900 families.
UNICEF is very concerned that large numbers of children have been deeply affected by this earthquake. One of the most urgent and challenging needs is to quickly support the psycho-social needs of children whose lives have been turned upside down by the disaster. Therefore, in cooperation with Government partners, UNICEF is in the process of setting up Child Friendly Space in Yiliang County to deliver urgent services for children and families, in order to provide them a safe environment and help them resume their normal life after the quake.