Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, will host a community gathering in recognition of victims of the May 12th earthquake that devastated China’s Sichuan Province from 4:30 to 6 p.m. this Monday, June 2, in the Oakland Asian Cultural Center at 388 9th St., Suite 290 in Oakland.
The latest on the quake, per CNN:
The official death toll from the quake rose to 68,109 on Wednesday, an increase of about 900, with about 19,850 missing. The total number of dead has been increasing daily.
The government estimates that 45 million people, mostly in Sichuan province, were affected by the earthquake and that 5 million were left homeless.
Lee intends to provide concerned Chinatown residents with an update on the earthquake’s impact and federal humanitarian efforts to provide relief to the disaster’s victims. Attendees also will get information on how they can support relief efforts as well as know-how from the American Red Cross on preparing for an earthquake or other natural disaster, including what essential supplies they should have on hand. The event is free and open to the public; for more information or to RSVP, call April Chan at (510) 763-0370.