Monday, May 12, 2008

Prayers for the Victims of the Devastating Earthquake in Sichuan this afternoon~

At around 4pm China time today, our colleague in Xi'an messaged me that the office was shaking and that there was an earthquake. Everyone had to evacuate as the office was shaking again. We quickly turned on the news and oh boy, a 7.8 Mw (magnitude) earthquake had just happened in Sichuan. Quickly I called to check on our colleague in Chongqing, and thank goodness she had gone back to Xiamen. This earthquake was felt as far as Beijing and Shanghai. It was devastating@

According to Xinhua News Agency cited, to date (22:00 China time), the death toll had reached up to 7651 with other areas yet to be accounted.

While I am glad our friends and family in China are safe, our prayers and thoughts are with those injured and our condolences to the families of the victims of today's earthquake...Not forgetting also our prayers to the victims of the cyclone-hit Myanmar.

Please contact the closest International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies ( to give a hand to those in need...

Photos courtesy of Channel News Asia

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