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Assessment underway after China quake kills 400, destroys 42,000 homes

YUNNAN, China –– BGR partners are assessing damage in the aftermath of a 6.1 earthquake that struck Aug. 3 in Yunnan province of southwest China. News reports currently indicate almost 400 people killed and 42,000 homes destroyed or damaged.

Soldiers have been dispatched to assist first responders in the search for survivors. Teams trying to deliver much-needed supplies are struggling to reach the area. Rain and landslides have left many roads in the area impassable.

The BGR assessment team responded immediately. The earthquake occurred at 4:30 pm local time, and the assessment team left for the disaster zone by 10:30 pm. They drove overnight and by 8:30 am had made contact with other responders.

“BGR-trained national personnel are in the affected area, assessing the needs of those impacted by the earthquake,” said Pat Melancon, BGR’s managing director for disaster response. “Many of the roads into the affected area are blocked and downpours make the relief effort hazardous due to landslides from loosened earth from the quake.  The assessments will focus upon the four life-saving sectors involving, water, shelter, food, and health related issues.”

The earthquake was the strongest to hit the mountainous area in at least 14 years. BGR partners responded to two other earthquakes in the vicinity in September 2012 and April 2014. More landslides are expected because previous earthquakes have loosened mountainsides. Most of the mud-brick homes will have crumbled in the quake, but the assessment team is praying they will find some villages where homes have been spared.

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[Note: File photo from 2013 earthquake in Yunnan.]

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