China Earthquake Relief Efforts and Donations
Saturday's earthquake although of lesser magnitude was severe with casualties already reaching 184 dead and over 11,000 injured.
The epicenter was about 80 miles southwest of Chengdu, Sichuan's capital, near the city of Yaan, where the well-known Panda Breeding Centers are located. The Panda Centers have not reported any major damages but some remain closed until further notice.
Donations and how you can helpHere are a couple of links to organizations that are helping with the earthquake relief efforts. Donations can be made through them:
Our prayers are with the victims and their families.
Sichuan Earthquake Travel Updates
We will be posting updates related to travel to the affected areas. For now, it is safe to assume that areas will remain closed for non-essential travel. Forecasts of rain are likely to make things even more complicated and hazardous in the coming days.
Judy Chen from www.chinadiscovery.com in Chengdu has provided us with the following update: "Chengdu is safe to travel now, we also hope that Yaan will become stable; however, Bifengxia (in the area of Yaan) remains closed until futher notice."
Bifengxia is the area where one of the major Panda conservation facilities is located and where most of the pandas were relocated after the 2008 earthquake that destroyed the Wolong Reserve.
As of Wednesday April 24, 2013:
Sichuan Earthquake Latest News
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