15 April 2010
Majority of primary schools collapsed, urgent need for tents, winter clothing in the Qinghai Quake
Hong Kong Committee of UNICEF allocated HK$1,000,000 to the relief effort
Beijing / Hong Kong, 15 April 2010 —The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is mobilizing to send urgently needed relief supplies for children affected by yesterday’s massive earthquake. The response will be coordinated with other UN agencies. The quake heavily damaged parts of remote Yushu Prefecture, a region mostly populated by Tibetan herdsmen. The quake, which was measured 7.1 by Chinese scientists, destroyed much of Jiegu (Pop. 100,000), the main town of Yushu Prefecture. Hong Kong Committee immediately allocated HK$1,000,000 to support the relief work in Qinghai.
• The total population of Yushu Prefecture is 357,000 and the child population is 122,700;
• 617 deaths have been reported along with 9,110 injuries as of today;
• Some 313 persons are missing and 100,000 are without shelter;
• At least 56 students and 5 teachers had been reported killed as of yesterday;
• 80% of primary schools and 50% of secondary schools in Yushu have been severely damaged affecting 22,719 students and 1,086 teachers;
• Maternal and child health hospitals in Yushu County totally collapsed.
The most urgent humanitarian needs right now are for food, water, tents, shelter, clothes, blankets, quilts, essential household items, medical supplies and rescue equipment. Authorities have requested UNICEF support to provide school tents, warm clothing, quilts and learning kits and UNICEF’s emergency stocks are on hand and are ready to dispatch.
“Destructive earthquake had affected thousands of lives in Yushu. We will support the relief work mobilized by UNICEF China focusing on the special needs of children and women.” Ms Irene Chan, Chief Executive of Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF said. “We hope that the Hong Kong public can help the relief effort in Qinghai through donation.”
UNICEF is taking actions to help many of the victims and try to save as many lives as possible. Your immediate support is urgently needed to help the victims of this disaster.
Donation to Qinghai Earthquake
1. Donation Hotline : 2833 6139
2. Direct Bank- in
3. Cheque: Payable to “Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF” (Please send us the cheque with personal details with remark “Qinghai” at the back and send to “Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF, 3/F, 60 Blue Pool Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong.”)
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About UNICEF China
UNICEF first assisted China between 1947 and 1951, providing emergency services, food and nutrition, health and hygiene training during and after the war of liberation. In 1979 UNICEF officially commenced its cooperation with the Government of China