Last Monday, an earthquake registering at 6.6 on the Richter scale hit the city of Dingxi in China’s Gansu Province. The current death toll is at 94 people with over 1,000 people injured and at least 120,000 individuals affected. This relatively underdeveloped city has a population of 2.7 million making it a mid-sized city for China. This province is known for its income disparity and is so commonly plagued with natural disasters such as earthquakes, droughts, and mudslides that some residents say that it has become part of daily life. While residents and businesses try to be on the offense and prepare for the worst, they lack the resources necessary to be properly equipped to deal with these situations.
One nonprofit in Lanzhou decided to rally together other nonprofit organizations in the Gansu province to form an emergency disaster relief alliance. Gansu Yi Shan Yi Shui Center for Environmental and Social Impact is the driving force behind this network of organizations. When disasters hit, it uses various forms of communications and social media platforms to mobilize organizations that then use their expertise and specialized skillsets to maximize the relief efforts.
The alliance just released an update on the relief efforts after the most recent quake on Monday, which includes an official statement from the Department of Civil Affairs, thorough hour by hour account of the actions taken various organizations, the amount of donations received by various organizations and where the funds are being delegated, a summary of reports from the media, as well as several individuals’ account of how they were affects or how they are helping.
For information on this alliance, please contact Yi Shan Yi Shui directly at email@example.com or their website for more information: http://www.lucwesd.org/
For more information on other organizations that are supporting the victims of the earthquake, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
From the SVG Team, our hearts and prayers continue to be with those affected by the Gansu earthquake.