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CARE emergency response on standby near China quake region

CARE International this week said this week that despite having no presence in China at the moment, its emergency response experts were on standby ready to deploy to the region affected by last weeks 7.1 magnitude quake if needed.

The earthquake struck Yushu in north west China’s Qinghai Province killing nearly 1,500 prople and leaving over 300 still missing.

Chinese state media said 25,000 tents, 52,000 quilts, 16,000 cotton-padded coats and 850t of instant food and drinking water have arrived in the quake zone. Another 18,950 cotton-padded tents were also on the way, it said.

More than 15,000 rescuers - including over 11,000 People’s Liberation Army troops and armed police, 2,800 firefighters and special police forces, and 1,500 earthquake and mine accident rescue specialists - are still searching for quake survivors in Yushu.

CARE has no presence in China at the moment, but said that it had more than 60 years of emergency experience in Asia.

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