World Vision addresses the urgent needs of flood survivors

Over 1000 quilts and hundreds of Child Friendly Kits and hygiene kits were delivered to address the urgent needs of the people severely affected by the recent floods in China shortly after immediate assessment by World Vision China. 

“This is just the first wave of the rainy season. If we can respond quickly, World Vision China – and  communities – are in a better position to handle worse situation should there be heavy rainfall in late July and August.  We are prepare to work with local government, partners and communities to relief the needs arising from further flooding disasters.” said Victor Kan, National Director of World Vision China. 

Immediately after the onset of disaster, World Vision has sent three teams to conduct need assessment in the worst-hit provinces of Hunan, Guizhou and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. The first  team has set off on 4 July to Anhua county and Taojiang city of Hunan Province, and distributed 1,000 quilts, 100 Child Friendly Kits (CFKs) and 100 hygiene kits to the affected population.
The quilts can bring warmth to the affected population that is now residing in temporary shelter; Child Friendly Kits – containing toys and stationaries – can bring joy to the affected children, helping them to overcome the anxiety and fear brought on by the disaster; the Hygiene Kit contains toothbrush, toothpaste, towel and soap, thus offering the affected population a temporary solution to their hygiene conditions. 

The second assessment team visited Yinjiang countyof Guizhou Province on the 7th July and distributed CFKs to alleviate their psychological pressure. 

Another assessment team is also assessing the disaster situation in Guangxi’s Du'an county, and it is coordinating with the government to acquire the necessary material to support some 4500 survivors from 1,000 households, who are in urgent needs of food. 

Persistent rainstorms and flooding since mid-June 2017 have affected southern and northern China,  The rise of over 60 major rivers has exceeded warning levels, with some breaking records from recent history. River overflow is expected to continue based on forecasts. As of 4 July, over 356 counties from 19 provinces have been affected, including Jiangxi, Hubei, Hunan, Sichuan, Guizhou, Yunnan, Hebei, Inner Mongolia, Guangxi and Shaanxi provinces.

More than 60 flooding-related deaths and 24 missing are reported from across 19 provinces, with over 500,000 persons evacuated. More than 64,000 houses are reported collapsed or damaged, while over 800,000 hectares of agricultural land have been affected. The Chinese government estimates over USD365 million (RMB2.6 billion) in economic losses. 

Official statistics from Hunanstated that continuous rainfall in Hunan since 22 June  has so far affected 14 cities and 120 counties. As of 1st July, 494,000 people were affected in Guizhou Province. A report released by Guangxi’s  Civil Affairs Department also indicated that over 1.6 million people across 13 cities and 64 counties are affected by the floods, with a further 169,000 people in need of emergency evaucation.