22 April 2013
The Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) has delivered thousands of blankets, tents and first aid kits to survivors of an earthquake in the south of the country.
The disaster on Saturday (April 20) is thought to have killed at least 150 people and injured more than 11,000, while about 245,000 have been forced to leave their homes.
More than 400 RCSC staff are already in or on their way to the area with supplies of food, water, medicines and rescue equipment.
They are aiming to rescue people trapped under collapsed buildings and stranded in badly damaged villages, where roads have been blocked. The RCSC is also giving care and support to thousands of survivors who have no access to shelter and are exposed to harsh weather conditions, including heavy rain and extreme temperatures. Hundreds of aftershocks are hampering relief efforts after the initial earthquake.
Landslides and falling buildings
The 7.0 magnitude earthquake happened at about 8am (midnight April 19 UK time) on Saturday in Sichuan province. While not as powerful as the 2008 earthquake that killed tens of thousands of people in the province, it has toppled buildings and caused landslides.
The RCSC is delivering 8,000 quilts and 2,500 tents to the area, while 650 first aid kits have been sent by air. More than 10,000 family kits, containing everyday household items, are also being delivered.
Other members of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, including the British Red Cross, are ready to give more support if needed.
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