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Sichuan Earthquake and Myanmar Cyclone Update

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Sichuan Earthquake and Myanmar Cyclone Update

3 June 2008 Also available in:

Sichuan Earthquake

The UNHCR donated tents came from three locations (from north to south):

Tianjin, 6,000
Shanghai, 1,250
Shenzhen, 3,750

On 24 May, 2,000 tents from Shenzhen was airlifted to Chengdu and were further distributed to Mianyang - the affected area the following day. The remaining 1,750 tents were shipped by train in the evening of 26 May to Chengdu.

On 29 May, 1,250 tents were delivered from Shanghai to Dujiangyan - one of the most affected city. The loading of the tents was covered by Shanghai TV.

On 28 May, 6,000 tents were delivered from Tianjin to Chengdu. Tianjin TV reported the consignment of the tents.

All items arrived at Chengdu are managed and allocated by the Provincial Headquarter for Earthquake Resistance and Disaster Relief. There is a tracking system which records all details down to the truck’s plates and the driver’s IDs, as well as the profile of the beneficiaries, to ensure the proper distribution of the relief items.

Myanmar Cyclone

As at May 28, 27,575 plastic sheets, 59,820 blankets, 27,536 cooking sets and 67,600 mosquito nets had been delivered to Yangon via nine flights and one truck. It is estimated that some 150,000 cyclone victims will have benefited from the items delivered.

The authorities in both Laputta and Bogale townships have confirmed that UNHCR can distribute relief items on its own. Thus, UNHCR through its network and operational partners has undertaken the distribution.

UNHCR Yangon is currently working out those items and quantities still needed by the victims and a timetable and most efficient means for delivery.



The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was established on 14 December 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and coordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee issues. It strives to ensure that everyone has the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another state, with the option to voluntarily return home when conditions are conducive for return, integrate locally or resettle to a third country. UNHCR has twice won the Nobel Peace Prize, in 1954 for its ground-breaking work in helping the refugees of Europe, and in 1981 for its worldwide assistance to refugees.