Mercy Corps is assisting families displaced by last month's severe floods in China.
Working with its local partner, the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA), Mercy Corps is distributing essential non-food items to families in Shaaix, Sichuan, Hunan, Fujian and Chongqung.
Included in Mercy Corps' relief shipment are: 4,900 hygiene kits, 4,200 school kits, 600 blankets, and medical supplies for 17 clinics. Mercy Corps and CFPA are also distributing over 1,200 pairs of shoes donated by Nike and 68,000 pairs of socks donated by the Renfro Corporation.
Mercy Corps and CFPA are monitoring the situation closely and are conducting needs assessments in the affected areas.
Devastating floods have hit 18 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions in China, impacting an estimated 110 million people. More than one million have been left homeless and the floods have led to approximately 600 deaths.
Additionally, the floods have washed away the crops of the region's subsistence farmers, creating the potential for widespread food shortages.
Mercy Corps has worked in China since 2000 helping the urban poor and rural farmers address issues of unemployment, environmental degradation and limited access to economic opportunity through small business development and poverty alleviation programs.