5 August 2014: A Plan rapid assessment team is assisting the Chinese government in responding to the devastating earthquake that hit Yunnan Province on Sunday, 3 August.
The 6.5 magnitude earthquake has resulted in hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries, with substantial damage in Ludian County.
“The full extent of the damage, casualties, and scale of the emergency are still being assessed. Plan immediately deployed a team to the affected areas and will be making a rapid assessment of humanitarian needs and emergency response,” said Sven Coppens, Plan’s country director in China.
The response is complicated by severe damage to roads and infrastructure, landslides and flooding. Heavy rainfall is also forecast in the coming days, and could further complicate the response.
“Plan is preparing to aid affected communities in providing emergency care for children and families affected by the earthquake. We are also on standby to provide psychological counselling and social support to children,” Sven added.
Aftershocks and landslides
Plan works in several communities throughout Yunnan Province and provincial authorities have facilitated our involvement in the rapid assessment operation.
The communities that Plan works in are not in the areas affected by the earthquake and no Plan-sponsored children are reported to have been injured.
Aftershocks and landslides are continuing to cause damage in the area and limit access. In many areas, rescue workers and emergency teams have been forced to access quake-hit areas on foot.