This Friday we bring you a number of links covering news, relief efforts, and ways to give following the earthquake that struck Yushu County, Qinghai on April 14.
All Updates: China Daily has a site with up-to-date information including ways to give, photos, and rescue progress.
Day of Mourning: On Wednesday, April 21—one week after the Qinghai earthquake struck—China had a national day of mourning with flags flown at half-staff. Entertainment, including media, movies, and theater was suspended to honor those affected by the quake.
Photos of Yushu Life: China Daily features a slideshow of Yushu as life continues there.
Complicated Conditions Affect Rescue and Survivors: Located at an elevation of 4,000 meters, the mountainous region of Yushu County makes delivering supplies to the area difficult. Some rescuers and rescue dogs have experienced altitude sickness. Additionally, dramatic temperature plunges each night affect the many victims sleeping outside and in tents.
The Public Rallies with Donations: Millions of RMB have flooded into Qinghai from all over China and the globe. On Tuesday, April 20, a TV fundraiser brought in 2.175 billion RMB (319 million USD.)
Eyewitness report from a relief worker: A member of the Sichuan Quake Relief team gives an update after an aid-delivery trip to the remote community of Longbao Town. He shares about the smooth coordination among various NGOs due to prior experience from the Sichuan earthquake, as well as the “incredible” governmental response and the speed of military mobilization.
Are All These Earthquakes Connected?: NPR talks with a seismologist to find out if this year’s string of devastating earthquakes is a pattern.
Organizations Working in the Area
As we have not evaluated all of these organizations and their work in Yushu, please give with caution. Also, in view of our recent post, consider how you can give thoughtfully.
Mercy Corps: Donations can be made online. Mercy Corps is working alongside a local organization in Yushu.
: Medical supplies and daily necessities have been shipped and are being distributed by Amity relief workers.
Save the Children: Working with local authorities to distribute much needed relief aid. Online donations are being accepted.
Sichuan Quake Relief: As Sichuan borders Qinghai, many from that area have volunteered their support, including SQR with whom SVG has worked in the past.
UNICEF: Discusses the current situation and offers a way to donate.
World Vision: Has already dispatched a group to the area and continues to raise funds to further help.
Yushu Earthquake Response: a small coalition of grassroots NGOs located in Qinghai province that has pooled their resources to offer aid. Their site has information on their current relief efforts.
Yushu Earthquake Relief: Two NGOs working together to offer relief to the people of Yushu. Their site features updates on the teams they have sent to the region.