Earthquake in China 2008

China was the scene of massive devastation
China was the scene of massive devastation

A devastating 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck south-western China on May 12, leaving an estimated 65,000 people dead and millions homeless.

Oxfam is helping survivors in remote, rural areas throughout Sichuan, Gansu and Shaanxi provinces.

Oxfam is there

Oxfam's teams have been carrying out
emergency relief projects in 17 counties and cities in Sichuan, Gansu, and Shaanxi provinces.

We have provided public health services, counselling for survivors of the earthquake, and relief supplies. Our longer-term plans are to rebuild schools and help communities better prepare for future disasters.

Oxfam Hong Kong is leading Oxfam's response in China. Their six month on review details what they and their partners have achieved and what their plans are for the next five years.

Latest news

Oxfam distributes relief items to China earthquake survivors

April 19, 2010

Blankets for 2,000 people have been distributed by Oxfam International as part of relief efforts to help survivors of the deadly earthquake that hit the Yushu County area in the southeastern Qinghai Province in China.

China earthquake survivors start to rebuild lives three months on

August 26, 2008

Three months on from the devastating Sichuan Earthquake in China, international humanitarian development agency Oxfam has helped more than 600,000 of the most vulnerable and isolated people start to rebuild their lives.

New earthquake-resistant schools to open ahead of schedule in Sichuan

June 4, 2008

The first of Oxfam 10 schools is set to open in Pengzhou, Sichuan province three weeks ahead of schedule allowing 932 primary school students to return to school after last month’s devastating earthquake.

Latest stories

May 28, 2008

A 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck China's Sichuan province on 12 May causing widespread destruction and leaving five million people homeless.

May 21, 2008

Oxfam’s assessments in several earthquake-hit areas indicate that a large percentage of the population is urgent need of resettlement. In the town of Xiushui, in An Xian, Sichuan, hardly a building remains standing, and almost all of the survivors are homeless.

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