In May 2008, a major earthquake struck China’s Sichuan province, killing and injuring many people, leaving the survivors without many amenities, including fresh drinking water. This was the case in Shengli village, a resettlement camp near Beichuan County - one of the worst affected areas.
Borouge joined Lien Aid, a nongovernmental organisation (NGO), and the Singapore Water Association, to alleviate the water problem for the 10,000 population of the village, by launching the “Drop of Hope” project. Borouge supplied the polyethylene material to Szechuan Chinaust, who produced and delivered the pipes to Shengli village, 300 km away. The 2 km pipeline was completed in just a couple of days, thanks to the flexibility and ease of handling of the pipe.
On May 12th 2008, a major earthquake struck China’s Sichuan province and killed more than 69,000, injuring a further 374,000 people and destroying 10 million homes. Whole towns and villages are now in the process of reconstruction, with the help of many NGOs.
Shengli village located in Leigu town is the
nearest resettlement camp from Beichuan
County - one of the worst affected areas. The
earthquake flattened Beichuan and killed three quarters
of the population. Although
reconstruction has begun, progress is still slow
and getting access to clean drinking water is
one of the major problems.
In Shengli, the government worked quickly to provide a temporary supply, but floods in September destroyed the temporary pipelines, leaving the people to boil water transported from the reservoir.