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Immediate Relief Needed for China Earthquake Victims | May 2008


Sichuan Province

It is with deep sadness that the members of the Board of Councilors, Founders’ Circle and Friends of the Circular Economy for the China US Center for Sustainable Development convey their heartfelt condolences to the many thousands of people who are suffering as a result of the major earthquake that struck on Monday, May 12, at 2.28 p.m. Beijing time (6:28 GMT). The earthquake, measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale, jolted southwestern China’s Sichuan Province. Several lower-scale earthquakes and aftershocks followed in the same area.

According to the latest reports, over 60,000 people have died and many are still missing. Many schools were destroyed. Several members of the China Board of Councilors are playing important roles in recovery efforts.

Based on recommendations from Agenda 21 and the US Secretariat’s relationships, the Center is encouraging all those who can make a financial contribution to the relief efforts to do so either through the American Red Cross that is coordinating with the Red Cross Society of China or Mercy Corps. Each of these non profit organizations has mobilized resources to assist and has a strong track record of working effectively on the ground in China.