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Plan is helping thousands affected by floods in China

Children being transferred near the SangYuan Centre School
Children being transferred near the SangYuan Centre School
July 23, 2012

Plan is rolling out relief efforts to help thousands of children and families, after torrential rains caused devastating floods and landslides in China’s Shaanxi Province.

The downpours have destroyed a major bridge, wrecked homes and left farmland submerged under water. Over 300,000 people have been affected, many of whom are children.

In some areas, such as Nanzhang in southern Shaanxi, families have lost all their belongings.

“Today is a very painful and sad day for me,” says 12 year-old Jian, “because our school was flooded and the worst thing is, my house collapsed too. Food, clothes and other stuff were swept away or buried in the mud, and my family now lives in a temporary tent.”

Schools have been severely affected, with flooded classrooms, blocked roads and loss of power making it impossible for many children to safely continue their education. In one school, more than 900 students were in class when the rains came and the flooding started.

“The water level in the school reached more than 50 centimeters and school equipment on the first floor was all underwater,” recalled Yang Pu, headmaster of Tai Ping Primary School in Shaanxi.

Rebuilding lives

Plan is currently distributing clothing, bed sheets, soap, bandages and raincoats to children whose homes and belongings have been destroyed. With many having lost even the basics, Plan’s support has so far helped to keep 1000 children safe, clean and warm.

We are also providing meals and learning materials to schools that are open, and will be restoring those that remain closed so children can return to class.

In addition, Plan will be rebuilding infrastructure and working to reinstate the major pedestrian bridge that was demolished by the heavy rains and high water levels.  Without the bridge students have to walk an hour longer to get to school.

Information for sponsors

We will contact sponsors directly if we receive any news about individual sponsored children. If you are planning a visit or have any particular concerns around this issue, please contact our Donor Relations staff at donorrelations@planusa.org or at 1-800-556-7918.

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