Forgotten about the Chinese earthquake yet?…

The 2008 Sichuan earthquake which measured at 7.9 magnitude occurred at 14:28:01.42 CST on May 12, 2008 in the Sichuan province of China. It was also known as the Wenchuan earthquake, after the earthquake’s epicentre in Wenchuan County, Sichuan province. The epicenter was 80 kilometres (50 mi) from Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan, with a depth of 19 kilometres (12 mi). The earthquake was felt as far away as Beijing (1,500 kilometres (932 mi) away) and Shanghai (1,700 kilometres (1,056 mi) away), where office buildings swayed with the tremor. The earthquake was also felt in nearby countries.

Official figures (as of July 21, 2008 ) state that 69,197 are confirmed dead, including 68,636 in Sichuan province, and 374,176 injured, with 18,222 listed as missing. The earthquake left about 4.8 million people homeless, though the number could be as high as 11 million (the population of Greece is 11,215,000). Approximately 15 million people lived in the affected area.

Strong aftershocks, some exceeding magnitude 6, continue to hit the area even months after the main quake, causing new casualties and damage.

My wife’s immediate family live 50k from what was the epicentre in the town of Mianzhu.

Their house used to look like this …

My wife has just made her first visit back to her hometown since the disaster struck.

Her childhood home now looks like this…

Not sure how many of us used to our fitted kitchens would react to this being the extent of out kitchen facilities…

The amazing thing is these people constantly comment on how fortunate they are in comparison to others, they probably mean those who were living in buildings like these…

and these…

It’s only natural that what is out of sight becomes out of mind, but it is important we remember that this was a once in a lifetime disaster, and will take a generation to rectify. Obviously some people’s losses are irreplaceable.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to the relief effort can still do so via:

 

 The Chinese Embassy in UK has opened a special account for donation for Earthquake in Sichuan province in Bank of China(UK).

  

1)CHEQUES,TRAVELLERS CHEQUES AND POSTAL ORDERS SHOULD BE MADE
PAYABLE To
:
The Chinese Embassy In UK
Sichuan Earthquake Donation Account
ACCOUNT No:
10196750
CORRESPONDENT ADDRESS
:BANKING DEPARTMENT,
BANK OF CHINA(UK) LIMITED
,
90 CANNON STREET
,LONDON,EC4N 6HA


2)UK AND OVERSEAS DONATIONS CAN BE MADE QUOTING
:
Beneficiary Name
:The Chinese Embassy In UK
Sichuan Earthquake Donation Account
Account number
:10196750
Sort code
:405037 BANK OF CHINA(UK) LTD LONDON


3)CASH can be deposited at any branch of Bank of China(UK)Limited
,please
quote a/c no. 10196750

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