Female volunteers from Weifang, east China's Shandong Province, have earned high praise from the public after providing assistance to over 1.56 million victims who were hit by the flood caused by a powerful typhoon.
Typhoon Rumbia made landfall in the province from August 17-21, leaving 13 dead and three missing as of August 24.
According to media reports, the natural disaster have also caused billions of yuan in economic losses in Weifang, with over 10,000 houses collapsed and over 160,000 hectares of farming area damaged.
Shouguang, a city of Weifang, was the most seriously affected area. Over 500,000 people were affected and several villages were flooded.
In response, the Civil Affairs Bureau of Weifang donated large quantities of relief materials including beddings, instant noodles and flashlights to the victims, and allocated a fund of 72 million yuan and raised a fund of nearly 43 million yuan to be used for aid.
To assist in the efforts, female volunteers started to appeal for donations in Shouguang. Most of them are local citizens. They have donated some 147 water pumps and three vehicles of supplies to the victims.
"We raised a fund of over 20,000 yuan within half an hour," said a volunteer. "Then we called the civil affairs bureau to help us contact the temporary shelters in Shouguang."
In an interview with China Women's News, Cui Fengqin, president of Shouguang Women's Federation (SWF), said over 10,000 female volunteers have helped deal with the natural disaster and provided relief materials to the victims.
"To comfort seniors in the village, officials of SWF paid special visits to their homes and provided assistance," she added.
"Many women, students, and officials of women's federations nearby also went to help the victims and participated in anti-epidemic work."
On August 26, SWF launched an initiative, calling on women's organizations in Shouguang to earnestly implement the disaster relief policies rolled out by Shouguang Municipal Party Committee and Shouguang Municipal Government, and lead women in the city to combat the natural disaster.
Meanwhile, Shandong Women's Federation (SWF) urged officials of women's federations at lower level in the province to visit victims, gain a broad knowledge of their urgent needs, and help them rebuild homes.
Shandong Women and Children's Development Foundation also actively raised relief materials for women and children in the affected area.
"Women in Shandong should participate in disaster relief activities under the guidance of the Party and the government, and make use of their advantages to provide targeted assistance to the victims," said a spokesperson for the SWF.
(Source: China Women's News / Translated and edited by Women of China)