HKCU allocates HK$1Mfor Gansu and another HK$1M for Pakistan to support emergency relief work

 

HKCU allocates HK$1Mfor Gansu and another HK$1M for Pakistan to support emergency relief work

Hong Kong, 10 August 2010 – Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (HKCU) allocates HK$1,000,000 for emergency relief in Gansu and another HK$1,000,000 for that in Pakistan as heavy rains ravaged both regions, while the weather forecast calls for additional rain in the coming days in both areas too.

8 August, continuous heavy rains triggered landslides and mud-rock flows in northwest China’s Gansu Province’s Zhonqu County at about midnight, burying hundreds of homes. To date, over 300 people have been killed along with 1,294 people are missing. The severely damaged Zhouqu County Centre for Disease Control’s office has requested UNICEF support for an emergency immunisation campaign.

UNICEF’s emergency assistance for Zhouqu is anticipated to take place and will provide supplies worthy of US$200,000 (approximately HK$1,560,000) in total including, maternal and child health and care equipment, cold chain equipment for vaccines and 5,000 student kits.

“Destructive floods and mudslides have destroyed countless homes and affected thousands of lives in Gansu. Closely monitoring and assessing the situation, we are especially concerned with the children and women. The Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF is ready to give our full support to the affected regions,” said Irene Chan, Chief Executive of HKCU.

The situation is devastating and young children are the most vulnerable in emergencies. As forecast calls for additional rain in the coming five days, rescue efforts will continue to be hindered by the heavy sludge covering major roads, blocking the movements of vehicles.

On the other hand, Pakistan is facing the worst flooding in more than 80 years by heavy monsoon rains, over 6 million people have been affected, including an estimated over 1.4 million children. Forecasts predict heavy rain will continue to fall for at least the next three days leading assessments and delivery of assistance has been nearly impossible.

The Hong Kong Committee for UNIECF is appealing for additional support from the general public of Hong Kong to help the victims in the disaster through donations.

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Donation to Gansu Mudslides

1. Donation Hotline : 2833 6139

2. Direct Bank- in

Gansu Mudslides

HSBC : 567-354014-005
Bank of China : 012-875-0-0218683
Wing Lung Bank : 020-601-003-76348

3. Cheque: Payable to “Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF” (Please send us the cheque with personal details with remark “Gansu” at the back and send to “Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF, 3/F, 60 Blue Pool Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong.)

Donation to Pakistan Floods

1. Donation Hotline : 2833 6139

2. Direct Bank- in

Pakistan Flood:

HSBC 567-354014-004
Bank of China 012-875-1-0810855
Wing Lung Bank 020-601-003-76352

 

3. Cheque: Payable to “Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF” (Please send us the cheque with personal details with remark “Pakistan” at the back and send to “Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF, 3/F, 60 Blue Pool Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong.)