World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


UN Ready To Help Victims Of Deadly China Quake

UN stands ready to help victims of China’s deadly earthquake

13 May 2008 – The United Nations is prepared to assist the Chinese Government help the victims of yesterday’s deadly earthquake in the southwest of the country.

According to media reports, more than 10,000 people have lost their lives following the quake, which measured about 7.8 on the Richter scale and was centred on Sichuan Province.

A UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) Team alert was sent out yesterday to alert China that the world body is ready to help if needed, Elizabeth Byrs of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs ( OCHA) told reporters at a press briefing in Geneva today.

OCHA has also sent information to Chinese authorities detailing how UN emergency expert teams are on standby to provide assistance.

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) expressed its deep concern over the large number of children affected by the massive quake. Television reports showed a collapsed middle school with 900 children trapped in the rubble near Sichuan’s capital, Chengdu.

Despite limited access to information due to cell phone networks being damaged by the quake, the agency has received reports that there were casualties in the neighbouring Gansu and Yunnan provinces as well.

According to UNICEF, Sichuan is one of China’s poorest and most populous provinces, with a total population of some 90 million.

The agency is worried that the number killed, injured and affected by the tremors will continue to rise as rescue teams reach impacted areas.

“UNICEF and other UN agencies are not usually requested to assist the Government of China in its response to natural disasters,” it said in a press release, noting that it has been informed that the National Disaster Reduction Centre of China – the official coordinating body for disaster response – has dispatched rescue teams numbering in the thousands supported by the country’s armed forces.


Latest World News | Top World News | World Digest | Archives | RSS

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Werewolf: Gordon Campbell On North Korea, Neo-Nazism, And Milo

With a bit of luck the planet won’t be devastated by nuclear war in the next few days. US President Donald Trump will have begun to fixate on some other way to gratify his self-esteem – maybe by invading Venezuela or starting a war with Iran. More>>

Victory Declared: New Stabilisation Funding From NZ As Mosul Is Retaken

New Zealand has congratulated the Iraqi government on the successful liberation of Mosul from ISIS after a long and hard-fought campaign. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Current US Moves Against North Korea

If Martians visited early last week, they’d probably be scratching their heads as to why North Korea was being treated as a potential trigger for global conflict... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Lessons From Corbyn’s Campaign

Leaving partisan politics aside – and ignoring Jeremy Corbyn’s sensational election campaign for a moment – it has to be said that Britain is now really up shit creek... More>>


Another US Court: Fourth Circuit Rules Muslim Ban Discriminatory

ACLU: Step by step, point by point, the court laid out what has been clear from the start: The president promised to ban Muslims from the United States, and his executive orders are an attempt to do just that. More>>