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China: Earthquakes

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 12 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department has taken to provide aid to people affected by the recent earthquake in China. (210033)

In the immediate aftermath of the earthquake, DFID provided £1 million in cash to the China Association for NGO Co-operation, which was the designated recipient by the Chinese government for receiving cash donations. This money was used to buy food, water, blankets and 2,400 tents. A few days later, and in recognition of the huge numbers of people made homeless, we provided a further 4,755 tents, the total value of which is estimated at £1.15 million, including air freight costs. In addition, we provided specialist communication equipment, the value of which was estimated at £31,500.