On 22 July 2013, a 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck the border of Minxian County and Zhangxian County in Dingxi City, Gansu, at a depth of 20 km. As of 2 pm today (24 July), 95 people have been killed and over 1000 people injured. A total of 900,000 people have been affected; 227,000 people have been evacuated. Over 300,000 houses toppled or suffered damage, incurring a financial loss of almost 7.5 billion yuan.
Oxfam Hong Kong promptly responded to the disaster and completed an initial damage assessment with its local partners (including local NGOs and government) in Meichuan Town, Minxian County. This evening, Oxfam Hong Kong will deliver relief supplies from its emergency warehouse in Lanzhou to Meichuan Town. These supplies include 120 tents, 500 quilts, 500 blankets and 500 folding beds.
Oxfam Hong Kong has launched a public appeal in response to the earthquake in Minxian County, Gansu. We aim to raise HK$1 million.