Date: 12 May 2008

Magnitude: 8.0

The 2008 Wenchuan earthquake in Sichuan Province remains one of the most powerful earthquakes to hit China. It was felt as far away as Beijing and Shanghai — 1,500 km and 1,700 km away, respectively — and left the nation reeling. More than 88,000 people were killed or unaccounted for, and close to five million were left homeless. The economic losses incurred amounted to US$191 billion, the second highest in recorded history. Mercy Relief responded swiftly to appeals for aid.

Partner(s): Local Disaster Management unit, Sichuan Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (SFPA), Poverty Alleviation Bureaus of Chengdu and Ziyang

How we helped:

  • Sent a response team with S$534,000 worth of relief supplies including:
    • 2,500kg of non-food items valued at S$341,000
    • School furniture and education kits valued at S$34,000
    • 40,000kg of food as part of a Food Aid Programme, valued at S$159,000
    • 1,000 Play Packs for children
  • Followed up with five rapid deployment tents to be used as temporary classrooms
  • Mercy Relief’s Goodwill Ambassador Stefanie Sun distributed Play Packs for Children’s Day
  • Implemented seven reconstruction projects in Ziyang Prefecture including the rebuilding of schools, a home for the aged, a health clinic and two bridges
  • Supported 22 underprivileged students under the Student Financial Assistance Programme, valued at S$30,000
  • Raised S$163,000 in an island-wide street collection in Singapore with the help of more than 800 volunteers
  • Raised an additional S$1.2 million for reconstruction efforts from corporate donors and public donations
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