Red Cross provides relief in China’s flood-affected regions

Publié: 9 juillet 2015 7:44 CET

By Hui Ma, IFRC

Severe floods in China have left at least 108 people dead and damaged hundreds of homes and properties in 20 provinces. Between 26 June and 2 July, the Red Cross Society of China responded to the disaster by activating their emergency response mechanisms covering the provinces of Hubei, Sichuan, Anhui and Jiangsu as well as Xinjiang Autonomous Region.

Continuous rainfall has caused landslides and dangerous torrents, especially in mountainous regions where floods carrying enormous amounts of timber and debris have caused considerable damage to homes and properties. To assist the affected population, the Red Cross distributed relief goods worth 2.76 million Chinese Yuan (approximately 420,000 Swiss Francs) in the affected areas. The relief items include 14300 quilts, 4100 family kits, 4000 jackets, 1000 padded coats and 250 tents. 100,000 Chinese Yuan (around 15,000 Swiss Francs) was also contributed to help the flood victims purchase food supplies.

The National Society is monitoring the situation closely through its branches in the affected areas, providing continuous ongoing support in the distribution of relief items. Red Cross teams covering search and rescue, disaster relief, water and sanitation, supply and public health are on standby to provide further relief should the situation escalate.

The gravity of the floods and the extent of the damage caused by the disaster show the importance of paying greater attention to the effects of climate change. Efforts by the Red Cross Society of China to mitigate the humanitarian risk of floods and other weather-related disasters are supported by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ (IFRC) Climate Centre, which monitors and analyses the impact of climate change on targeted populations.   

Through increased regional cooperation on disaster management, the East Asia National Societies and the IFRC are now placing a stronger emphasis on enhancing their response capacities and ability to support each other in dealing with floods and other disasters in the region. This important issue was strongly emphasized during a regional meeting between the leaders of all National Red Cross Societies in East Asia which was held in the last week of June.