Earthquake in Sichuan Province, China

10th August 2017

chinaIn the evening of Tuesday the 8 August 2017, the province of Sichuan in China, was hit by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake, killing 19 people and injuring 343.[1]The epicentre of the tremor was in Ngawa prefecture, largely populated by ethnic Tibetans, many of whom are nomadic herders. It was also close to the Jiuzhaigou nature reserve, a popular tourist area and, it is the peak of the summer school holiday tourist season in China.

The earthquake has put the region in a state of crisis. The earthquake affected persons find themselves in a desperate situation, with many unmet vital humanitarian needs such as access to sufficient food and safe shelter and basic non-food items.
The emergency response is currently being coordinated by Ministry of Civil Affairs and China National Commission for Disaster Reduction.
ACT Alliance works in areas affected by the earthquake, and is assessing the impact of the disaster to better understand the needs and vulnerabilities .

ACT Alliance emergency teams are ready/preparing to respond according to the results of a contextual analysis and rapid needs assessment. In collaboration with relevant stakeholders, the ACT member Amity Foundation has identified a gap in Non-food items like clothes and tents and has resolved that if funded, it will have the capacity to bridge the identified gap.

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[1] Provincial government and official media statistics released in the morning of 10 August 2017