The Round-up offers a weekly sample of what our sister Red Cross Societies are working on around the world.

Chinese Red Cross responds to floodingCHINA: Beijing Red Cross teams continue to offer support and comfort to shocked survivors and to search for those possibly still trapped after the heaviest rain storm in 61 years lashed the Chinese capital on Saturday. The Beijing Red Cross 999 Emergency Response team was sent to Fangshan to rescue people trapped by the floods and help care for some of the more than 65,000 people evacuated from their homes. The organization has also provided relief items to survivors, including 100 kits with blanket, umbrella, T-shirt and other goods, and sent 200 quilts and 30 mattresses to Fangshan District.

SYRIA: In Damascus, people continue to search desperately for safety. The ICRC and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent have intensified their response to the situation. In Damascus, the ICRC is providing support for the Syrian Arab Red Crescent in preparing mobile health units which will start serving several of the schools sheltering displaced people. In addition, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent has started supplying 25 schools with relief items for those seeking shelter and is preparing thousands of food parcels, mattresses and hygiene kits to be distributed to families who have been displaced.

GLOSSARY:

IFRC = International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

ICRC = International Committee of the Red Cross