Humanitarian aid for earthquake victims in China and Haiti



May 12, 2008 - China was hit by a magnitude-7.8 earthquake, the nation's strongest in 58 years, causing buildings to shake in Beijing, more than 1,500 kilometers  away. Between 3,000 and 5,000 were killed in one county alone.  Total number of people killed was about 80.000.

Chengdu, with 11 million people, is Sichuan's provincial capital, site of China's largest panda reserve and where 40 percent of gas deposits are found.

A Sichuan high school building collapsed and may have buried as many as 900 students in a least 107 were confirmed dead. In a separate incident, four students were killed and at least 100 were injured when two schools collapsed in Liangping county of Chongqing.. Chongqing is about 350 kilometers from the epicenter and has a population of about 30 million.

Tuesday afternoon, 2010 January 12th, the worst earthquake in 200 years - 7.0 in magnitude - struck less than ten miles from the Caribbean city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The initial quake was later followed by twelve aftershocks greater than magnitude 5.0. Structures of all kinds were damaged or collapsed, from shantytown homes to national landmarks. Millions are likely displaced, and thousands are feared dead.

Also for those Haiti victims, Cephas has given financial support.


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