local time, 12 May 2008, a devasting earthquake of 7.9 Magnitude
on the Reuters Scale occured
in the Sichuan province of China.
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Destroyed homes in Sichuan
Rescue workers making another rescue
Broken roads make relief effort difficult
on the deadly earthquake
in Sichuan Province, China
am sure you must have heard of the devastating earthquake in China.
If you have not, watch the video below:
News Report just after the quake
earthquake, which struck on 12th May at Sichuan province, has
left at least 65,000 people dead and 5,000,000 people homeless.
Up till today (28 May 2008), aftershock of magnitude 6 is still
felt in parts of the province.
immediately called up two of my China friends whom I know came
from Sichuan. Most fortunately, for both of them, non of their families
or relatives were affected.
many others were not as fortunate. I will be flying to Beijing
on 28 May and I'll try to find out more on how I can help. I
am also very concerned with many of my Chinese friends. I will
update you again when I find out more.
readers of my website at has
also asked me on how they can help. You can indeed. Make a donation
at a reputable charitable organisation such as World Vision.
It doesn't matter how big or small is the amount. Go to: http://www.worldvision.org
Vision Organisation priority is children affected by war, disasters
or civil strife.)
you very much for any kind of donation that you may make. Let
us pray and hope that such disaster do not happen anywhere in the world
arrived in Beijing, China on 28 May 2008, just 2 weeks after
the massive earthquake in Sichuan, China.
is calm throughout Beijing. Life goes on as normal. Afterall,
China is such a large country and Sichuan is thousand of miles
away. However, it is evident that the whole country is touched
and affected by
the earthquake in Sichuan.
newspapers and television news are reporting on the situation
in Sichuan. There are temporary blood banks, public donation
stands, large banners and special road shows throughout the country
to appeal to the public to donate money, equipments and blood
hospitals continue to take in victims from Sichuan so as to lessen
the load on Sichuan hospitals and also to allow
on more crucial cases.
gates and priority lanes are set-up in airports, bus, railway
and high-ways so that people and goods that are meant for
priority. Restaurants and shopping malls donate part of their
daily takings and banks and government offices has special counters
to facilitate donations.
electrical and water utilities companies continue to pour
into Sichuan to restore essential utilities so that daily
on as soon as possible. Roadwork, communications and transportation
companies are also helping
open their lines of communications.
Rescue, salvage and extraction efforts continue up
army, police and civil defence units in China continue to
work around the clock in Sichuan to rescue and and extract
trapped and helpless quake victims. It was fortunate that
the major cities of Chongqing and Chengdu in Sichuan withstood
the quake quite well but not so for the thousands of smaller
villages and towns located near the epi-centre of the quake
centred around the Wenchuan region.
is obvious that the entire Chinese people has risen up together
to react to this massive catastrophy in a positive and united
way. Every Chinese I spoke to has indicated that they have donated
money for the quake victims and would continue to donate if there
is a need. Everywhere I turn, people were still concerned and
had expressed their willingness to help the quake victims.
is a relative rich and strong country today unlike the last
major earthquake in Tangshan in 1976. This time round, China
was able to on it's own money, people and effort, to make
a positive, quick and effective rescue and recovery of the
quake victims in Sichuan. International and foreign donations
and rescue efforts, though still highly appreciated, was
now not as important in China's own disaster self-help and
recovery effort as it was needed previously.