Earthquake Hit Yunnan, China

Earthquake Hit Yunnan, China
Benjamin Chan
June 6, 2007
An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter Scale hit Ning'er County, Yunnan, China on June 4, 2007 killing 2 and injuring 313 people. All of the nine townships in Ning'er County and nearby counties like Linxiang, Cangyuan and Shuangjiang counties were affected. This earthquake was the most serious one in recent 28 years in the region. More than 1,000 aftershocks have happened and caused widespread damage. The statistics revealed by June 5 are as follows:

People killed: 3
People injured: 329
House collapsed: more than 90,000 rooms
House damaged: more than 270,000 rooms
People evacuated: more than 180,000
People affected: 536,000

Staffs of the Amity Foundation are working with the local communities and government to provide immediate relief aids, that include 30,000 kilograms of rice, 2,000 blankets and 1,000 plastic sheets used as the temporary tent. Amity is sending an urgent appeal for US$52,100 to meet the immediate needs. The American Baptist World Relief Office has provided a One Great Hour of Sharing emergency grant of $10,000 in response to the request.

Donations to support this relief effort can be made online by going to the "Give Now" option available on either www.abc-usa.org or www.abcusamissions.org. Churches can send their support via their church's monthly report of mission support, designating contributions "OGHS-Yunnan Earthquake Relief." Individuals can send their donations directly to: One Great Hour of Sharing, American Baptist Churches USA, P.O. Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482. Please make the check payable to "One Great Hour of Sharing" and mark "Yunnan Earthquake Relief" on the check.