China: MSF Heading to Qinghai Province To Assess Earthquake Damage

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Following a 6.9-magnitude earthquake in China’s Qinghai province early Wednesday, MSF is sending a three-person team to asses the situation.

Following a 7.1-magnitude earthquake in China’s Qinghai province early Wednesday, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is sending a three-person team to asses the situation.

Due to the remote location of the quake-affected region in northwest China, the team will reach the area on Saturday and will then determine how MSF can assist authorities in tackling the aftermath. Chinese authorities estimate that 400 people have been killed and 10,000 people are injured.

The team will look at the immediate medical and non-medical needs. Another potential area of intervention may be providing psychological support, which MSF offered following the earthquake in Sichuan in 2008.