The relief team on their way back with a injured solider
Caritas partners are struggling to reach Taiping, a remote township near the epicentre of Saturday’s deadly earthquake.
The earthquake of 6.6 magnitudes struck the province of Sichuan in Southwest China on 20 April, killing nearly 200 people, leaving thousands of people injured and causing significant damages.
Staff members from a local Caritas partner organisation, Jinde Charities, flew immediately to the disaster zone where they have been able to provide some aid through church networks.
Mary Wu of the relief team said they learned that the situation in Taiping is very serious so they took an ambulance from a church-run hospital there.
But landslides caused by aftershocks prevented them reaching the town. More than 1,000 aftershocks have been reported after earthquake.The government stopped ngos from proceeding, fearing accidents. However, the Jinde team were able to take an injured soldier back for treatment.
By Debbie Lo, Caritas Hong Kong
Many thanks for the concerns and prayers for the victims of the Qinghai earthquake in mainland China!
Just a short note to share with you what Caritas-HK and our local partner, Xian Catholic Social Service Center have been doing for the earthquake survivors.
Right after the earthquake on 14 April, Mainland Service Desk of Caritas-HK had contacted our local partner, Xian Catholic Social Service Centre (XCSSC) to see what we can do for the victims. However, the altitude of the quake-hit area in Qinghai province is about 4,000 m. It is not easy to check the situation and needs over there within a short period of time. It was only 19 April that we received an update from XCSSC about their assessment trip in the quake-hit area in Qinghai which is as follow:
The weather in the quake-hit region is bad with snow and intermittent rain in these few days, which have increased the suffering of survivors sleeping outdoors after thousands of homes collapsed. The bad weather threatens transportation and relief work. Rescuers and survivors face frequent aftershocks. Up to now, more than 1200 aftershocks have shaken the region since the main earthquake. The local government is afraid that the icy weather will bring more misery in the days ahead. Continue reading