The worst earthquake to hit China in three years struck Lushan county in Sichuan province on 20 April. Tens of thousands of buildings have been damaged and more than 11,800 people are thought to have been injured. At least 186 people are thought to have lost their lives. The 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck close to where a devastating 7.9 earthquake hit in May 2008, killing 70,000.
Staff from Oxfam's Chengdu office arrived in the earthquake zone in the early hours of 21 April. The team has been assessing the situation in coordination with local partners and has procured quilts, tents, cooking utensils and hygiene kits to distribute to some of those worst affected by the quake.
To ensure that the supplies go to where they are needed, not only do we discuss with village representatives beforehand and come up with a distribution plan, but we also record in detail the types and quantity of supplies that each person has received. Each person is required to sign when they receive materials and details about our distributions will be posted in a public area in the village so as to ensure transparency of information.
Zhai Fan, Manager of Oxfam's Chengdu Office
You can help: donate directly to Oxfam Honk Kong's earthquake response (HK dollars)
Update: 22 April 2013