Zhaotong, Yunnan, China Earthquake Situation Update
At 4:30 p.m. on 3 August 2014, an earthquake at the magnitude of 6.5 shook Ludian County of Zhaotong Prefecture, Yunnan Province, affecting Ludian County, Qiaojia County, Shaoyang District and Yongshan County of Zhaotong Prefecture, as well as Huize County of Quzhing Prefecture. Among them, the worst hit areas are in Ludian County. The quake claimed 617 lives, 112 people were reported missing, 3,143 people were injured, and 229,700 people were displaced. Some 60,000 houses collapsed or were severely damaged. Public utility and infrastructure were damaged at various extents.
Our partners that we worked with for the 2008 Sichuan quake and 2010 quake in the Tibetan area of Quinghai have already been to do a rapid assessment and have discovered an urgent need for psychological emotional care for 6000 primary school students and have received an invitation from the local education officials. They would like to mobilize teams to begin OperationSAFE child trauma camps for these children as early as the end of this month. We need your help! As little as $6 can sponsor one child.