Kathmandu, Nepal | AFP | Saturday 4/25/2015 - 11:40 GMT
by Paavan MATHEMA
A massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake killed hundreds of people Saturday as it ripped through large parts of Nepal, toppling office blocks and towers in Kathmandu and triggering an avalanche that hit Everest base camp.
Officials said at least 449 people are known to have died in Nepal but that the toll could be much higher, while more than two dozen people were also reported killed in neighbouring India, China and Bangladesh.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
- Wheat production in 2015 is forecast to remain around last year’s record level
- Aggregate cereal imports in 2014/15 forecast to reach an all-time high
- Prices of rice and wheat remain stable
DAMASCUS, April 23 (Xinhua) -- The Syrian government received a new batch of relief aid from China, a Syrian cabinet minister said on Thursday.
The announcement came during a meeting held Thursday between Syria's Social Affairs Minister Kinda Shammat and Chinese Ambassador to Syria Wang Kejian at the ministry's headquarters in the capital Damascus.
Severe weather, in the past few days, mostly over 18-20 April, affected a number of provinces in south-central, south-eastern, and also south-western provinces of China, causing floods, leaving houses and crops damaged or destroyed. Most devastation happened in the provinces of Shaanxi, Gansu, Hunan, Guangdong, Guizhou, Yunnan, the Guangxi Autonomous Region, Chongqing municipality.
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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).
In March 29-April 1, Chuuk and Yap in Micronesia suffered from intense tropical storm, resulting in large-scale disruption of water and electricity supply, traffic and communication, causing a certain number of casualties and severe damage of local infrastructure. The relief work is serious.
Farmers in the steppe of southern Siberia have an old tradition of burning dried grass in the spring to fertilize the soil for the coming year. In April 2015, unusually warm temperatures and strong winds turned the tradition into a nightmare. Several fires escaped the control of their handlers and spread rapidly across the dry landscape. According to media reports, escaped fires had devastated several villages, caused the deaths of about two dozen people, and left thousands of people homeless.
Snapshot 9–14 April 2015
Afghanistan: Security incidents have spiked in early April, after the announcement that more NATO troops would remain in the country than originally scheduled. NATO convoys were targeted in Nangarhar and Kabul on 10 April. On the same day, five NGO staff were found dead, having been abducted in Uruzgan province in early March.
H. E. Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia,
H. E. Dr. Bernice T. Dahn, Acting Minister of Health and Social Welfare,
Hon. Mr. B. Elias Shoniyin, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Geneva, 13 April 2015 – As international policy is discussed at the World Water Forum being held in Korea, Giorgio Armani and Green Cross International are pursuing their fifth successive year of partnership in support of communities living in water poverty.
In 2015 they will sponsor new developments in Ghana, Ivory Coast, Senegal, China, Bolivia, Mexico – and for the first time – Argentina.
These will join some 80 communities around the world already benefiting from clean water thanks to existing Acqua for Life projects.
BEIJING, April 11 (Xinhua) -- China will provide 500,000 U.S. dollars in cash to flood-hit Chile, the Ministry of Commerce said on Saturday.
Floods in north Chile, caused by rare rainstorms in late March, have caused casualties, telecommunication interruption and power and water supply cuts.
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BEIJING, April 10 (Xinhua) -- China will provide 300,000 U.S. dollars in cash to flood-hit Madagascar, the Ministry of Commerce said on Friday.
Floods in Madagascar's capital Antananarivo and its surrounding area, caused by a mix of rainstorms and cyclones, have killed at least 24 people, affected more than 60,000 and forced more than 30,000 to flee their homes.
The money will be used to help Madagscar government in disaster relief after recent rainstorms and cyclones caused breaching of dykes and damages to highways, houses and cropland.
BEIJING, April 9 (Xinhua) -- Natural disasters left 31 people dead and affected about 5.23 million people in the first quarter of 2015 across China, according to government statistics.
From January to March, 93,000 residents were relocated and 14,000 people needed emergency support, said a statement jointly released by the Ministry of Civil Affairs and the National Commission for Disaster Reduction on Thursday.
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As of March 24, there were 41 cases of dengue reported in China for 2015 (19 cases in January and 22 cases in February). Compared with the same period of the previous three years (2012 to 2014), the number of dengue cases reported in China has increased in 2015 (Figure 1)
China's Ambassador in Vanuatu, Xie Bohau, has officially handed over five million US dollars in post-cyclone relief assistance to the local government.
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On 2 April, the fourth and the fifth (the last two) Chinese chartered planes carrying disaster-relief goods arrived in Port Vila respectively in the same day. The two Chinese chartered planes delivered 35 tons of rice, 8 tons of vermicelli(dry noodle), 200 sets of 6 kva diesel generators, 10 pieces of tarpaulins, 14 sets of 40 kva diesel generators to Port Vila from the far-away city Shanghai, China. Vanuatu Prime Minister Joe Natuman and Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy Ms. Li Cuiying, joined by Minister of Finance Mr. Maki Simelum, Minister of Infrastructure Mr.
CHENGDU, April 6 (Xinhua) -- Strong winds, accompanied by heavy downpour, killed seven people and injured 37 others in southwest China's Sichuan Province, local authorities said on Monday.
The gales, with the maximum speed of 38.5 meters per second, swept through Wusheng County, Guang'an City, from 10 p.m. of Saturday to 7 a.m. of Sunday, a spokesman with the county's publicity office told Xinhua.
Twenty of the injured are being hospitalized, the spokesman said, without elaborating on precise causes of the casualties.
NANCHANG/CHANGSHA, April 4 (Xinhua) -- Floods caused by hail and downpours have damaged crops and halted traffic in central and east China, with hundreds of thousands of people affected.
In central China's Hunan Province, hail and storms since Friday evening have damaged 292,000 mu (19,467 hectares) of crops in 52 villages and towns. Of the 239,500 people affected, 12,100 have been evacuated as of 6 p.m. Saturday.
CONAKRY, (Xinhua) -- Dans le cadre de la lutte contre la fièvre hémorragique à virus Ebola dans la sous-région ouest africain, la Chine et la Guinée ont développé une synergie d' action efficace contre cette épidémie qui a déjà fait plus de 1. 800 morts en Guinée.
Pour plusieurs acteurs et citoyens guinéens, la Chine a été le premier pays à apporter son aide à la Guinée, avec l'octroi des montants importants et des matériels sanitaires, en plus de l' envoi de plusieurs missions médicales pour former le personnel médical guinéen.