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Amity Foundation Urges More Aid to China Earthquake Victims

( [email protected] ) Jun 14, 2007 01:42 PM EDT
A week after a devastating earthquake shook the southwest Chinese province of Yunnan, a local aid agency urged the international community to help homeless survivors.
In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, tents are set up in Ning'er County, in southwest China's Yunnan Province, on Monday, June 4, 2007. Tens of thousands of earthquake victims in southwest China were living in tents or in the open Monday, fearful of returning to their damaged homes a day after a magnitude 6.4 quake killed three and injured at least 300. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Qin Qing)

A week after a devastating earthquake shook the southwest Chinese province of Yunnan, a local aid agency urged the international community to help homeless survivors.

The Amity Foundation announced on Wednesday that more than 536,000 people were affected by the 6.4 magnitude earthquake.

Working alongside the Hong Kong Christian Council (HKCC), the foundation has pledged to support 2,000 homeless families whom had not receive government aid.

The HKCC has contributed about HK$200,000 (US$25,580).

Working alongside partnering UK-based organizations including Action by Churches Together (ACT) and Church World Service (CWS), Amity is accepting contributions from abroad.

Disaster teams from the Chinese government and various aid organizations have distributed tents, clothes, plastic sheeting, quilts, water, rice and medicine to the area.

Ning’er County in Southern Yunnan was reportedly hit the hardest, having 3 people dead and hundreds injured. The quake damaged water pipes resulting in a serious lack of potable water.

"Most of its inhabitants are farmers who live in houses constructed of wood and mud, which are easily destroyed in an earthquake," according to a written Amity press release.

"Although more than 20,000 tents have been provided a large number of people remain homeless."

The Hong Kong-based agency has so far provided immediate assistance consisting of rice, quilts and plastic sheeting. It is planning to restore 100 houses, two village schools and three irrigation as part of its post-crisis phase.

The total cost for the operation is estimated to be around US$212,000.

More than 180,000 people have been evacuated from the area and continue to suffer from shortages in basic amenities including shelter, food, potable water and medicine.

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