UNICEF Sends Supplies to Children Affected by an Earthquake in Qinghai Province
Beijing, 4 June 2021 – UNICEF has sent supplies to children affected by a 7.4 magnitude earthquake in Maduo County, a remote area of Qinghai Province, which occurred on 22 May 2021. Supplies included 42 library kits, 960 hygiene kits for girls, 740 hygiene kits for boys, as well as 1,700 first aid kits and 400 thermometers. The supplies were sent following a government-led relief assessment, which identified basic medicine and hygiene items as key needs after the quake.
According to state media, the earthquake left at least 19 people injured and disrupted the lives of more than 30,000 residents. A total of 2,676 students who were affected have been settled in safe places, including 1,065 students in boarding schools. None of the students or teachers were injured during the earthquake. As of 25 May, all 11 kindergartens and schools in Maduo County had resumed learning using makeshift classrooms and tents.
UNICEF is working closely with freight forwarders to get these supplies to affected children.
UNICEF has been working on child health and development in Qinghai for many years, also implementing a special sanitation project jointly with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.
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