AMDA Emergency Bulletin I: Qinghai Earthquake Emergency Relief, China
In response to the appalling earthquake that hit northwestern province of Qinghai, China in the morning of Apr. 14th, AMDA has dispatched one coordinator from its headquarters in Japan on Apr. 15th.
According to a news source, the M7.1-quake has left approximately 760 dead with more than 10,000 people injured. As there are many people still buried under collapsed buildings, the death toll is expected to rise. Rescuers are forced to battle high-altitude and chilly weather in the region amidst frequent aftershocks and strong winds.
As of now, AMDA is in contact with Sichuan Academy of Chinese Medicine Science (SACMS) in Sichuan province, in seeking further possible relief efforts. SACMS collaborated with AMDA in 2008's Sichuan earthquake which resulted in a joint relief that continued for several months.
AMDA coordinator is expected to arrive in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, on Apr. 16th, and begin preparations as well as information gathering for entering the devastated site.