By Yunnan Province, China Relief Team (Originally in Chinese)
Yingjiang County of Dehong District in Yunnan Province was struck by an earthquake of 5.6 magnitude in the early morning of May 24, 2014 and again by an earthquake of 6.1 magnitude on May 30. As a result, a total of over 260,000 people were affected, 58 were injured, thousands of houses were destroyed, power was completely cut off in certain townships and villages, and many roads and bridges collapsed.
Supreme Master Ching Hai was very concerned about the affected people and compassionately instructed our Association members to go to the disaster areas to provide assistance. On May 29, a relief team formed by our Yunnan Association members drove to the disaster site, bringing with them God’s love.
As the government had taken emergency measures to make arrangements for the victims and distributed relief items to them, our team learned cooking oil was the most needed item so we purchased 2,000 bottles of it with RMB 50,000 contributed by the Yunnan Association members. In the afternoon, the owner of the supermarket lovingly helped us load the cooking oil onto the truck and provided us with free transportation to Kachang Township to distribute it. We visited the committees of three villages that were the most seriously damaged by the disaster and gave two bottles of cooking oil to each of the 369 households. Then we drove to the villages of Wupa and Wupai in Kachang Township at night and distributed two bottles of oil to each of the 631 households affected by the earthquakes.
On the way back on May 31, we gave RMB 1,000 to a family in Jinghan Township in Longchuan County who were in financial difficulty to help them with their agricultural work. The farmer’s wife was moved to tears and repeatedly expressed her thankfulness. We were very grateful for Master’s blessings which allowed us to travel through the unsteady mountain roads damaged by the earthquakes to convey Her love.
Expenditures by The Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association for Earthquake Relief Work in Dehong District, Yunnan Province, China
|Cash contribution for family in financial need||1,000||B|
|Total|| RMB 51,000
The relief team members paid RMB 2,000 (US$321) for their own transportation, food and lodging.