The most severe snow storm in 60 years struck Xinjiang, north-western frontiers of China, where 1.5 million people were victimized. Over 30,000 houses had collapsed and were damaged; around 160,000 victims needed to relocate immediately; the farmlands and livestock were most severely affected. It is predicted that the snow storm will continue, which will worsen the situation.
Hong Kong World Vision has initially distributed $390,000 HKD to assist the victims. Its relief team has arrived to assess the situation at Qingil County and Fuyun County, the worst-hit disaster area. It will begin its relief efforts of distributing flours, blankets, and reconstructing houses.
World Vision Hong Kong CEO Kevin Chiu said that there are two more weeks left before the Lunar New Year, but unfortunately the Xinjiang residents is going through the worst hit snow storm in 60 years. Many of the victims have lost their homes and worries about the future livelihood. We urge the people in Hong Kong to reach out and help them get through this difficult time, so they can feel the warmth and blessings at Lunar New Year.
Moreover, to accelerate their relief support for the Haiti disaster victims, World Vision has formed alliance with other humanitarian organizations and United Nations World Food Programme to distribute two-weeks ration of emergency food supply to two million disaster victims.