Sichuan Earthquake Update

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May 22nd, 2008

Update from Deyang

I have been on phone with several volunteers in Deyang (德阳). I was told Deyang is the second most damaged area during the earthquake. Several villages and towns have been completely destroyed by the quake and following landslides. By the way, Deyang, which has the population of about 4 millions, is a “prefecture-level city”, under which are three “county-level cities”, one “county-level district”, and two counties. Mianzhu (绵竹), which has appeared in British media reporting quite a few times, is one of the “county-level city” of Deyang that has suffered severe damage.

I was told that the authority’s focus is still on rescue and safety. The rebuilding process hasn’t really started yet, although there are plans of building temporary homes quickly which will only last several years.

More help is now needed in hospital and medical and health care. Sichuan is famous for its high humidity and the summer is coming. Things like tent, mosquito cream, and personal hygiene products are in shortage.

At the moment, the areas need most help are Mianzhu and Shifang (什邡). Students and teachers are the most affected group of people. About 200 students of all ages who have lost their parents or whose parents are unable to take care of them, are still living in the tent inside Mianzhu City Stadium. Many children and adults will need counseling. Local Educational Bureau has set up a team for this purpose, but the task ahead is overwhelming.

Wendy Wu

CEO, Mother Bridge of Love

22 May 2008

4 Responses to “Update from Deyang”

  1. Sylvia from Mexico Says:
    May 25th, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    God bless you China! Today may 25th, 2008 at 16:30 I felt another shake was stronger than the last one, I am in Taiyuan and I was very scared. I hope anything is ok in Sichuan. I called some friends from Deyang and they told me they are fine.

  2. Sylvia from Mexico Says:
    May 27th, 2008 at 9:47 am

    today may 27th 16:19 other little shake.

  3. Sylvia from Mexico Says:
    June 10th, 2008 at 4:09 am

    I am in Taiyuan, today at 10:50am we felt other shake, was very short, maybe 30 seconds. I felt it because I am in the 12th floor, the people on the 1st floor didn’t feel anything.
    I think in Sichuan was strong, because is 1,500km from here.

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