Plan aids flood victims in China
Torrential rains have caused flooding and mudslides in many areas of China, affecting millions and leaving over 800 dead and 437 missing.
Since the beginning of April, water levels of 230 rivers have risen past the danger mark with areas along the Yangtze River experiencing the worst flooding in 30 years. 28 provinces in China have been hit, affecting 124 million people and causing over 8 million to be evacuated from their homes.
Direct economic losses are estimated around $22 billion.
Shaanxi province, Plan China’s main operational area, has had continual rain since mid-July, with south Shaanxi experiencing the heaviest rainfall in over 100 years. Communication lines have been interrupted and there has been extensive damage caused to physical infrastructure. Over 100,000 houses in the province have been destroyed or damaged, and at least 31,000 hectares of farmland has been flooded.
Plan is working with local partner organizations to provide emergency relief items to affected communities, especially for children. Immediate needs include milk powder, rice, clothing, hygiene kits and girl kits.
Plan’s long term rehabilitation support will include supporting communities to rebuild or refurbish homes and schools, providing educational materials, providing psychological support, and restoring latrines and water systems to working order.
We will notify affected sponsors directly if we receive any news about individual sponsored children.
If you would like to help children and families affected by disasters like the flooding in China, donate today to Plan’s Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund.
Learn more about Plan's work in China.