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24 JUL 2013

Oxfam responds to the earthquake in Gansu and widespread floods in China

Relief efforts continue to focus on the needs of remote areas and marginalised groups

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.

Donation methods for the Gansuearthquake emergency appeal
Donations can be transferred to the various bank accounts of Oxfam Hong Kong:
Hong Kong
HSBC: 001-0-331858
Bank of China: 012-874-0-010517-3

Macau
Banco Wing Hang: 743342-00  (MOP)
Banco Tai Fung: 201-1-10056-9  (MOP)
Bank of China Macau cardholders can make donations via BOC Express or BOCNET (Please choose Special Program: Gansu Earthquake)

More donation methods:
Online donation link (Hong Kong donor):
https://www.oxfam.org.hk/en/oneoffdonationform_2013it017.aspx
Online donation link (Macau donor):
https://www.oxfam.org.hk/en/oneoffdonationform_2013kn008.aspx
Other donation methods:
http://www.oxfam.org.hk/en/paymentgansuearthquake.aspx

Meanwhile, several provinces in China including Sichuan, Gansu and Shaanxi have been ravaged by heavy rain and serious flooding. As of mid-July, the floods have killed 99 people in the three provinces; over 5.69 million people have been affected and 452,000 people have been evacuated. More than 50,000 houses toppled or were seriously damaged.

Oxfam Hong Kong is planning to deliver emergency supplies such as flour, cooking oil, hygiene kits, quilts, tents and waterproof fabrics for temporary shelter to the impoverished people in the affected regions, hoping to restore their basic needs. Oxfam Hong Kong also plans to allocate about 3 million yuan to the relief and early rehabilitation efforts in the three affected provinces.

Oxfam Hong Kong has also launched a public appeal for this disaster.

Donation methods for the China flood emergency appeal
Donations can be transferred to the various bank accounts of Oxfam Hong Kong:
Hong Kong
HSBC: 001-537000-010
Bank of China: 012-874-1-049363-3

Macau
Bank of China Macau: 01-01-20-840951 (MOP)

Bank of China Macau cardholders can make donations via BOC Express or BOCNET (Please choose Special Program: China Flood)

More donation methods:
Online donation link (Hong Kong donor):
https://www.oxfam.org.hk/en/oneoffdonationform_2013it016.aspx
Online donation link (Macau donor):
https://www.oxfam.org.hk/en/oneoffdonationform_2013kn007.aspx
Other donation methods:
http://www.oxfam.org.hk/en/paymentchinaflood.aspx

Oxfam has in place a strict financial auditing and programme monitoring mechanism. In an effort to save money while ensuring the quality of the relief supplies and to assist more people with limited resources, Oxfam quotes prices from three sources. Oxfam prioritises women and marginalised groups in its emergency response. The agency’s emergency relief strategy has long been emphasising post-disaster rehabilitation that targets remote, impoverished and deprived communities.

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About Oxfam
Oxfam is dedicated to fighting poverty and inequity worldwide. The international and independent development and humanitarian organisation tackles poverty in four main ways: sustainable development in poor communities, disaster relief, local, national and global advocacy, and education with Hong Kong youth. Established in Hong Kong in 1976, Oxfam Hong Kong is a founding member of Oxfam, an international confederation that has assisted poor people in 94 countries. Oxfam Hong Kong alone has supported poor people in over 70 countries/regions.

For media enquiries, please contact:
Sarah Chu
Communications Officer
Telephone: + 852 3120-5280 / + 852 9276 0064
Email: sarah.chu@oxfam.org.hk