China: Disaster preparedness
Crossroads has been working with a partner in China since 2002 to ‘pre-position’ relief supplies of blankets, clothing and other goods needed after a disaster. When we can regularly ship these emergency items into China, it means they can be stored in strategic areas, ready to go immediately after a disaster hits.
In November 2013, for example, a series of earthquakes hit Qianguo county, severely damaging housing and leaving thousands of people homeless in temperatures of -15 degrees Celsius. Crossroads’ partner was able to launch a campaign within two days of the disaster, and on the third day, deliver Crossroads’ pre-positioned blankets and clothes worth more than 1 million yuan to help 3,670 people.
This shipment will be similarly strategic, restocking supplies for their relief warehouse so that our partners can act quickly when people need urgent help.
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Population: 1.35 billion
Population below international poverty line of US$1.25 per day: 11%, or 157 million people
China is experiencing rapid economic growth, but the benefits have not reached millions of people in rural areas. People who are already poor are the most vulnerable to death, injury and loss of livelihood when floods and earthquakes hit.
Natural disasters in China affect more than 200 million people every year.
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