Executive Director's statement on UNICEF support for China's disaster relief
NEW YORK, 15 May 2008 – "UNICEF is working closely with the Government and the people of China to assist suffering children in the aftermath of the earthquake that struck Sichuan province on 12 May. Students were prominent among the victims of the quake, which struck during school hours and resulted in the collapse of a number of school buildings.
"UNICEF is responding to a request from the Government of China for specific life-saving supplies to assist the national relief effort. Tents, blankets and school kits have already been procured by UNICEF and will start to arrive in affected areas within the next 48 hours. The procurement of health, water and sanitation materials is also underway and these supplies will be dispatched to China as soon as possible.
"UNICEF stands ready to further assist, as China's national disaster relief efforts continue."
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