In the early morning of April 20, 2013, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck the Sichuan province of China, injuring 11,800 people and causing at least 208 deaths. The initial quake and multiple aftershocks have toppled buildings and destroyed homes. World Renew is responding.

In partnership with the Amity Foundation, a Christian organization and fellow ACT Alliance member, World Renew is meeting needs in two heavily affected communities: Tianquan Township and Baoxing Township. World Renew and Amity had also worked together to respond to earthquakes in China in 2008 and 2010, rebuilding nearly 500 homes and distributing emergency food and non-food items.  When this new earthquake struck, World Renew knew that Amity had staff and contacts on the scene who could immediately begin assessing needs and distributing emergency materials such as bottled water, food and tents.

“Physically being in the area within 24 hours, colleagues felt the strong aftershocks as a number of buildings near them collapsed the second or third time,” stated one of the Amity contacts.

Heavy rainfall this time of year has made the rescue efforts more difficult, and aftershocks have already caused landslides. Vehicle access to this remote mountainous area has also been difficult due to poor infrastructure.

Over 1.5 million people have been affected by this new disaster and some individuals are still missing. According to the preliminary information collected by Amity and local staff members, most of the families affected by this new disaster are already poor and will need significant support to rebuild their lives. Their needs include food, water, and other essential items.  Given the scale of damage caused by the earthquake, the need for home reconstruction and the restoration of livelihoods is also expected.

Your support is urgently needed.

Please consider supporting this effort by donating online (see button top right) or sending your gifts marked “China-Sichuan Earthquake 2013” to:

World Renew US
2850 Kalamazoo Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49560
Tel: 1-800-552-7972

World Renew Canada
3475 Mainway
P.O. Box 5070 STN LCD
Burlington, Ontario, L7R 3Y8
Tel: 1-800-730-3490

 

Photo top:  BAOXING, China - A survivor carries her sleeping daughter as she walks past debris at a village up on the mountainside after Saturday's earthquake hit Lingguan township, in Baoxing county in Ya'an, Sichuan province April 22, 2013. The 6.6 magnitude quake struck in Lushan county, near the city of Ya'an in the southwestern province of Sichuan, close to where a devastating 7.9 quake hit in May 2008, killing 70,000. The earthquake killed at least 186 people and injured more than 11,000, state media said. REUTERS/Jason Lee