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22 May 2015 description
report Xinhua

NINGDU, Jiangxi Province, May 20 (Xinhua) -- Six people remain missing after a rescue boat capsized in a flood in east China's Jiangxi Province, local authorities confirmed Wednesday.

Xiahe and Gucun villages in Ganzhou, Jiangxi were hit by floods after torrential rains on Monday. A boat carrying five rescuers and eight evacuated villagers overturned Tuesday evening. All 13 fell into the water.

Four of them later made it to shore, while the other nine went missing.

22 May 2015 description
report Xinhua

BEIJING, May 21 (Xinhua) -- The National Commission for Disaster Reduction launched an emergency response on Thursday to aid east China's flooded Jiangxi Province.

Rainstorms have left eight people dead and three missing in Jiangxi since beginning to batter the province on Monday, according to the local government.

As of Thursday morning, heavy rain and flooding have affected a total of 969,000 people and damaged about 8,836 houses in Jiangxi.

Local governments have relocated about 127,000 residents to safer areas.

21 May 2015 description

Key findings

  • Over 2 million people died from natural disasters between 1970 and 2014 in Asia and the Pacific, or 56.6 per cent of the fatalities globally. Earthquakes and tsunamis were the main cause of deaths, despite their relatively infrequent occurrences.

  • 6 billion people from the region were affected by disasters over the same period, or 87.6 per cent of people affected globally. Floods and drought were not the deadliest disasters but affected the highest number of people at 5 billion.

21 May 2015 description

The MOFCOM spokesman Sun Jiwen accepted an interview on Chinese government’s three rounds of relief supplies to quake-hit Nepal on May 14.

Sun said the MOFCOM took the lead to work with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Finance, the Civil Aviation Administration of China, and the General Staff Headquarters to organize and conduct three rounds of emergency humanitarian assistance to quake-hit Nepal with a combined value of RMB 140 million.

20 May 2015 description


By Mark Lattimer and Derek Verbakel

The 2015 release of the Peoples under Threat index marks the 10th year that Peoples under Threat has sought to identify those communities around the world that are most at risk of genocide, mass political killing or systematic violent repression.

A number of the countries which rose most sharply in the index last year, including Syria,
Yemen and Ukraine, saw escalating violence over the course of 2014–15 and the killing, in total, of tens of thousands of civilians.

20 May 2015 description
report Xinhua

CONAKRY, (Xinhua) -- Le gouvernement chinois, à travers son ambassade en Guinée, a offert un appui logistique et sanitaire au gouvernement guinéen, pour renforcer sa capacité de riposte contre l'épidémie d'Ebola.

La cérémonie de signature du don a eu lieu lundi entre l'Ambassadeur de Chine en Guinée, Bian Jianqiang, et le ministre guinéen de la Coopération internationale, Moustapha Koutoubou Sanoh.

19 May 2015 description
report Xinhua

NANNING, May 18 (Xinhua) -- Flooding and lightening have killed five people, while another six remained unaccounted for as heavy rain hit southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region since Friday.

The downpour has flooded 22 counties, forcing 6,645 people to relocate as hundreds of homes in the region have collapsed or destroyed. The rainfall has also damaged 25,460 hectares of crops.

Authorities estimated the rain has so far caused a 321 million yuan of losses to the autonomous region.

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19 May 2015 description
report Xinhua

LHASA, May 17 (Xinhua) -- Vehicles carrying quake relief goods started to enter Kathmandu, the Nepalese capital, from China's border on Sunday afternoon, after China's armed police successfully removed quake debris blocking the China-Nepal Highway in Nepal.

Chinese armed traffic police entered Nepal at the beginning of the month to aid in earthquake relief. Their first mission was to reopen the road connecting the border pass between Zham in Tibet and Kathmandu.

19 May 2015 description
report Xinhua

BEIJING, May 18 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese army will send more medical equipment and a team of senior medics to quake-hit Nepal, the military said in a statement on Monday.

Two mobile hospitals with surgical, X-ray, ultrasound and sterilizing equipment are already en route to Nepal from Zham, a border pass connecting Nepal with China's Tibet, the statement said.

Once the equipment has arrived, the team will be dispatched to Nepal to provide technical support and help train local medical staff.

15 May 2015 description
report Xinhua

BEIJING, May 13 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese medical relief team has performed 321 procedures, and treated 1,832 injured people in Nepal, according to an official with China's health authority.

There are 133 Chinese medical relief workers in Nepal offering treatment, training and epidemic prevention, said Song Shuli, spokeswoman for the National Health and Family Planning Commission, at a press conference on Wednesday.

The workers come from southwest China's Sichuan and Yunnan provinces, Chongqing municipality, and from a Nepal-based medical team, according to Song.

14 May 2015 description
report Xinhua

KATHMANDU, May 13 (Xinhua) -- Three Chinese military helicopters on Wednesday evacuated 108 people from several areas in Nepal, a day after a fresh 7.5-magnitude earthquake that claimed at least 65 lives and injured over 1,900 people, officials said.

14 May 2015 description


• The earthquakes of 12 May (one of them as strong as 7.3 M) caused more damage and deaths in several areas of Nepal, India and China, including in the areas already affected by the 7.8 M earthquake on 25 April.

• According to first assessments at least 66 people were killed and over a thousand injured with numbers expected to rise in Nepal.

12 May 2015 description

Le 11 mai 2015 au Palais de Mahazoarivo s’est tenue une cérémonie de remise officielle de 300 000 dollars américains soit 845 000 000 Ariary, de la part du Gouvernement chinois, au Gouvernement malagasy.

Ce don, marquant une nouvelle réponse à la sollicitation d’aide lancée par le Premier Ministre lors du passage du dernier cyclone à Madagascar, est destiné au BNGRC.

12 May 2015 description

In this issue:

UN-SPIDER at a glance

UN-SPIDER compiles list of satellite resources in response to Nepal earthquake
UN-SPIDER holds training course for Bhutan officials
UN-SPIDER concludes training workshop in Bangladesh
Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific: Successful first training
UN-SPIDER experts publishes article on space-based information and ecosystems
UN-SPIDER participates in Engage2015 Conference
News from our Regional Support Offices

12 May 2015 description

Kathmandu, Nepal | AFP | Tuesday 5/12/2015


A new earthquake and powerful aftershocks killed dozens of people and brought fresh terror to a traumatised Nepal on Tuesday as buildings already damaged in a monster quake last month came tumbling down.

Only weeks after the country's deadliest quake in more than 80 years, terrified residents once again fled onto the streets while lawmakers had to scurry from parliament as the earth began shaking beneath their feet.

12 May 2015 description
report Xinhua

BEIJING, May 11 (Xinhua) -- China has pledged to continue to help Nepal in its post-earthquake reconstruction as the Himalayan country struggles to get back to normal more than two weeks after the devastating quake.

Chinese relief supplies continue to flood into Nepal, in which more than 8,000 people were killed and 17,800 injured when the quake struck on April 25.

Over the weekend, some 460 tonnes of relief materials arrived in Nepal from China.


12 May 2015 description


There are more than 240,000 people in Myanmar who remain internally displaced as a result of conflict or violence occurring since 2011. Myanmar is one of the countries at highest risk of natural disasters in South East Asia and disaster preparedness is a major challenge with the upcoming monsoon season.

12 May 2015 description
report Mizzima News

According to recent interviews by Shan Human Rights Foundation, Kokang refugees sheltering in China remain fearful of return, due to alleged “killings, beheadings and disappearance” of villagers caught returning home.

07 May 2015 description

Northern Hemisphere

China (no update)

As of 13 April, there were 66 cases of dengue reported in China for 2015. Compared with the same period of the previous of 2012 to 2014, the number of dengue cases reported in China has increased slightly in 2015 (Figure 1).


07 May 2015 description
report Xinhua

BEIJING, May 6 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping has again urged continued disaster relief work in Tibet Autonomous Region where nearly 300,000 people were affected in a devastating earthquake in Nepal on April 25.

Xi called for all-out efforts to rescue the wounded, accommodate the quake-affected people and carry out the reconstruction by restoring the damaged infrastructure in a timely manner, according to a government press release issued late on Wednesday.

Xi asked to safeguard social stability in Tibet, especially the quake-hit areas.