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Thousands of volunteers and private groups rushed to help victims of the earthquake that devastated China’s Sichuan Province in May. Now many people wonder whether the freedom they have had in the disaster area will carry over into broader rights for civic groups in the future. Jamila Trindle recently visited the town of Mianyang in Sichuan Province and has this report.
Teacher Shao Ling is helping out in a tent kindergarten that just opened in the community of Mianzhu. She says because of the big earthquake, her school has started its summer vacation, so while houses are being built she came here to volunteer, to try to help out.
She now works in a kindergarten built by the You Cheng Foundation for Poverty Reduction, from Beijing. Foundation member Wang Yi Bing says the earthquake has given non-governmental organizations and charities a chance to prove what they can do.
“The government allows all kinds of NGOs – if you want to go you can go, so I think it’s a good opportunity both for the NGO and for the government to review,” he says. Read the rest of this entry »
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1000 businesses destroyed by the devastating May 12 earthquake in Sichuan will be re-established in the next 12 months thanks to financial support by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the United Nations International Labour Organisation (ILO). A further 700 new businesses will be started for those who lost their jobs in the earthquake. Read the rest of this entry »
BEIJING: The authorities in China say two after-shocks have destroyed more than four hundred and twenty thousand houses. At least sixty people were injured, some critically. Earlier, eighty thousand people were evacuated from their homes in Sichuan province because of fears of a large dam formed by earthquake debris could burst and flood the nearby villages. Meanwhile, twenty-three people have been killed due to torrential rain in southern China.
ISLAMABAD: A C-130 loaded with medicines and medical equipments along with twenty-eight doctors and para-medics left for China this morning. Minister for Information Sherry Rehman saw off the plane along with the Chinese Ambassador here. This was fourth relief consignment of the earthquake victims for China. Pakistan has already sent twenty-one thousand tents and other relief goods for the victims. Talking to media Sherry Rehman said Pakistan stands with the people and government of China in this difficult time and would provide all possible support to China to overcome the crisis. The Chinese Ambassador in his remarks expressed gratitude to the Pakistan Government for its timely help for the earthquake victims and appreciated Pakistan’s good will gesture to help China in this difficult time.
BEIJING: A Pakistani medical team of 28 doctors and paramedics, equipped with a mobile field hospital, will arrive today in Lanzhou, Gansu province to assist quake relief efforts. “Among the 28 medical professionals are orthopedic surgeons and paramedical staff. The team is very well equipped and trained in relief efforts,” Salik Khan, charge d’affaires of the Pakistani Embassy, said at a press briefing yesterday. Meanwhile, the Embassy of Pakistan is organizing a Fundraiser Bazaar for the victims of the Sichuan earthquake, which will be held at the embassy on Saturday. All monies collected at the event will go to the quake relief fund, Khan said. Read the rest of this entry »
ISLAMABAD: The death toll from the recent devastating earthquake in China has now risen to over sixty-five thousand. Officials’ sources in Beijing said the death toll could surpass eighty thousand as twenty-three thousand people are still missing. About three hundred thousand homes were destroyed in a powerful aftershock that hit Sichuan Province two weeks ago.
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A strong earthquake has shaken Colombia’s capital, killing three people and injuring eight. The U.S. Geological Survey says the 5.6-magnitude quake started around 2:20 p.m. Saturday (1900 GMT) afternoon and lasted for 40 seconds. The quake was centered about 33 miles (54 kilometers) southeast of Bogota. Colombian Interior Minister Carlos Holguin confirmed that three people were killed and eight injured. Phone systems were down briefly. US NEWS
ISLAMABAD: President of the Pakistan Muslim League, Chaudhry Shujat Hussain has sent the PML Secretary General, Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, to China with a consignment of medicines for the victims of the recent earthquake. Senator Mushahid Hussain will also be carrying a special message of solidarity from the PML to the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.
It may be added that both the PML leaders, Chaudhry Shujat Hussain and Senator Mushahid Hussain visited the Chinese Embassy on May 13 to express their condolences to the Ambassador of China. The Pakistan Muslim League is the first political party of Pakistan to take such an initiative which is an expression of the close relations between the PML and the Communist Party of China. During his stay in Beijing, Senator Mushahid Hussain will also be holding discussions with the Communist Party.-SANA
ISLAMABAD: On the instructions of the federal government, National Disaster Management Authority has arranged to dispatch two C-130 flights containing relief goods for earthquake affected people of China. The relief goods would include tents, blankets, plastic mats, medicines and mineral water. The relief goods carrying flights will depart for China early in the morning on Friday, 16th of May. Senior officials of National Disaster Management Authority of Prime Minister’s Secretariat, the Cabinet Division, Foreign Office and Chinese Embassy will see off the flights in a simple ceremony. The President and the Prime Minister of Pakistan have already visited Chinese Embassy in Islamabad to express condolence and solidarity with the affected families and Chinese government.
ISLAMABAD: Chairman Senate, Mr. Mohammadmian Soomro has expressed deep sense of sorrow and grief over the loss of thousands of precious human lives as a result of the devastating earthquake that hit the Sichuan province of China. In a message of condolence to Chairperson Chinese Peoples Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), the Senate Chairman, Mr. Mohammedmian Soomro said that he, his colleagues in the Senate and the people of Pakistan as ever before stand shoulder to shoulder with their Chinese brothers in this hours of trial and distress and fully share their grief. He expressed confidence that the people of China would overcome this adversity boldly adding that our sympathies are with the bereaved families and the victims of the natural calamity.