UNICEF is requiring US$ 5,000,000 to meet the immediate needs of children and women affected by the Qinghai Earthquake
A 7.1-magnitude earthquake hit Yushu Tibetan Autonomous County in northwest China's Qinghai Province, at 07:49:37 AM on Wednesday 14 April 2010. The epicentre is calculated to be 30 km west of Jiegu Township (Population: 93,000), the capital of Yushu County and about 800 km southwest of Xining, the Qinghai provincial capital. The epicentre of the earthquake is 1,905 km southwest of Beijing. By 19 April, over 1,000 aftershocks had been recorded.
As of 20 April, 2,046 people were reported dead, 193 missing and 12,135 injured (including 1,434 severely injured). So far, 6,870 people have been rescued from debris, but many others remain buried. Local houses, mostly made of wood and earthen walls, were not earthquake-resistant and over 85 per cent of the homes in the epicentre have collapsed, leaving 100,000 people homeless
In the Yushu earthquake zone, one out of every three people is a child below the age of 18. With homes destroyed, schools severely damaged, and friends and family members killed, missing or injured, the social rhythms, familiar comforts, and daily routines that were once a part of the lives of children have been terribly disrupted.
Vulnerable to cold, hunger and psychological distress, children and women require urgent life-saving assistance. UNICEF has begun to respond to the immediate needs of children and women in the earthquake zone by temporarily borrowing funds from the Emergency Programmes Fund at headquarters, as well as funds from ongoing programmes in country; these funds are internal loans and will have to be repaid. As the earthquake response continues in the coming days and weeks, additional funds will be needed to protect the lives of earthquake survivors and help children and women regain a sense of normalcy in the aftermath of the emergency. UNICEF is therefore submitting this Immediate Needs Document to request US$ 5,000,000 to meet the immediate and medium-term needs of children and women in the earthquake zone.
CHINA: Immediate Needs Document - 23 April 2010.pdf