Project ID: 14

Chinese Government provides RMB 5 million grant for Boumerdès earthquake response activities

Commitment amount

$ 1277285.299

Constant 2017 USD

Summary

Funding agency [Type]

Unspecified Chinese Government Institution [Government Agency]

Recipient

Algeria

Sector

Emergency response (Code: 720)

Flow type

Grant

Concessional

Yes

Category

Intent

Development (The next section lists the possible statuses.)

Commercial

Development

Representational

Mixed

Financial Flow Classification

ODA-like (The next section lists the possible statuses.)

Official Development Assistance

Other Official Flows

Vague (Official Finance)

Flows categorized based on OECD-DAC guidelines

Project lifecycle

Status

Completion (The next section lists the possible statuses.)

Pledge

Commitment

Implementation

Completion

Suspended

Cancelled

Milestones

Commitment year

2003

Completion

2003

2003-06-11

Actual

Description

On May 23, 2003, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce announced that it would offer emergency humanitarian aid worth RMB 5 million to the earthquake-hit Algeria. On that same day, the Chinese Government dispatched an earthquake rescue team of 30 personnel to Algeria. The team was headed by a deputy director of the China Seismological Bureau and it provided aid for the disaster victims. The team brought 3 search dogs and rescue equipment. On May 30, 2003, the team successfully accomplished their mission and returned to China. In addition to deploying personnel, the Chinese Government also donated materials including tents, blankets, medicine and water purifiers, totaling 1,665 pieces, weighing about 35.5 tons. The last of the supplies arrived in Algiers on June 11, 2003.

Additional details

The 2003 Boumerdès earthquake occurred on May 21, 2003 at 19:44:21 local time in northern Algeria. The shock had a moment magnitude of 6.8 and a maximum Mercalli intensity of X (Extreme). The epicentre of the earthquake was located near the town of Thénia in Boumerdès Province, approximately 60 km east of the capital Algiers. The quake was the strongest to hit Algeria in more than twenty years – since 1980, when a magnitude 7.1 earthquake resulted in at least 2,633 deaths. Approximately 2,266 people were killed, 10,261 injured, and 200,000 left homeless as a result of the earthquake. Reports indicate more than 1,243 buildings were completely or partially destroyed. Infrastructure was predictably damaged in Algiers, Boumerdès, Réghaïa and Thénia; roads in Algeria are generally of high quality, but many city streets and local roads were difficult to traverse because of debris from collapsed buildings. Overall, the Boumerdès Province was the hardest-hit region. In the Boumerdès Province, several cities were heavily damaged, with Thénia, Zemmouri, and Boumerdès, being the worst affected.

Number of official sources

4

Number of unofficial sources

5

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Details

Cofinanced

No

Receiving agencies [Type]

Government of Algeria [Government Agency]

Implementing agencies [Type]

Government of Algeria [Government Agency]