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18 Aug 2017 description
report Xinhua

URUMQI, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- Reconstruction work has begun after a 6.6-magnitude earthquake jolted Bortala Mongolian Autonomous Prefecture in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region last week.

In the two most severely hit villages in Jinghe County, local residents have moved their tents back to their houses, where debris from the earthquake has been cleared. Workers have begun building new houses in the villages.

A total of 384 damaged houses will be demolished, according to the county government.

18 Aug 2017 description
report Xinhua

CHANGSHA, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- Continuous rainfall in central China's Hunan Province since last Friday has claimed the lives of four people and more than 750,000 suffered losses, local authorities said Thursday.

Heavy rain battered more than 193 townships in Hunan. More than 1,000 houses collapsed, and 43,160 hectares of crops were damaged, according to the provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters The local government has evacuated around 88,500 people.

18 Aug 2017 description

When the devastating tragic mudslide and flooding hit Freetown on 14th August 2017, Sierra Leone underwent another heartbreaking disaster after the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease. The Chinese government has been following the disaster and relief actions closely and studied the way of providing emergency support to Sierra Leone. In the afternoon of August 16, WANG Xinmin, Charge d’Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Freetown, called upon H.E. President Dr.

18 Aug 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

DA NANG, Viet Nam, 14 August 2017 – A newborn baby dies every two minutes in the Western Pacific Region. A major contributor to newborn deaths is the early separation from the mothers after birth. Not only do separated babies not benefit from skin-to-skin contact, they are exposed to hypothermia and hospital-acquired infections. Further, babies are often given infant formula instead of breast milk, which increases the risk of infection, malnutrition and death many fold.

17 Aug 2017 description

When the devastating tragic mudslide and flooding hit Freetown on 14th August 2017, Sierra Leone underwent another heartbreaking disaster after the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease. The Chinese government has been following the disaster and relief actions closely and studied the way of providing emergency support to Sierra Leone. In the afternoon of August 16, WANG Xinmin, Charge d’Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Freetown, called upon H.E. President Dr.

16 Aug 2017 description

More than 9 million people already displaced globally in 2017

August 2017 (Geneva)

Conflict, violence and disasters have caused more than 9 million new internal displacements globally in the first half of 2017, according to new estimates released today by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC).

Of the 9.1 million new internal displacements, 4.6 million were caused by conflict, a figure which is already two-thirds of last year’s total. The countries with the highest new internal displacement by conflict are:

16 Aug 2017 description
report Xinhua

Editor: Mengjie

BEIJING, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- Natural disasters killed 230 people in July in China and another 44 are still missing, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs and the National Commission for Disaster Reduction.

A total of 2.8 million were displaced, the authorities said in a report Tuesday.

About 73,000 houses were destroyed and some 600,000 houses damaged. About 8.84 million hectares of crops were damaged, with 920,000 hectares completely destroyed.

16 Aug 2017 description
report Xinhua

Editor: Mengjie

NANNING, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- Six people have died and one remains missing following days of torrential rain in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, civil affairs authorities said Tuesday.

The casualties were reported in Rongshui and Rongan counties where continued rain since Saturday has triggered landslides and house collapses, the region's civil affairs department said in a statement.

As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, over 4,000 residents had been evacuated due to flooding in 15 counties and districts, the statement said.

15 Aug 2017 description

By Maude Froberg, IFRC

Slowly but surely, everyday life is returning for people affected by a powerful magnitude 7 earthquake that struck China’s central Sichuan Province on 8 August. Cleaning up the debris is one challenge, while coming to terms with the loss of loved ones is another painful experience for many. Tragically, 25 people are now confirmed dead. More than 520 people are injured and over 176,000 have been affected.

15 Aug 2017 description

Highlights

  • WFP Chad welcomed a USD 4 million contribution from China to provide food assistance to some 100,000 Sudanese refugees in the East and vulnerable women and children in the Lake Chad region.

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15 Aug 2017 description
report Xinhua

HOHHOT, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- At least seven people were killed after a series of rainstorms swept north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region over the weekend, the local government reported Monday.

Torrential rain began falling in northeastern Inner Mongolia Friday, bringing in hail and a sudden cyclone. The storms had caused seven fatalities as of 9 a.m. Monday in six cities, including Hohhot, Chifeng and Tongliao.

More than 2,000 residents were evacuated, and over 1,600 houses collapsed or were damaged.

15 Aug 2017 description
report Xinhua

Editor: Mengjie

CHANGSHA/NANNING, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- Heavy rain in China's Hunan Province and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region has claimed the lives of nine people and left one missing, local authorities said Monday.

Continuous rainfall in central China's Hunan since last Friday had left three dead and one missing as of 4 p.m. Monday, according to the provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters.

About 1,000 houses had collapsed, over 48,800 people were evacuated, and 27,290 hectares of crops were damaged.

14 Aug 2017 description
report Xinhua

JIUZHAIGOU, Sichuan, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from a 7.0-magnitude earthquake in southwest China's Sichuan Province Tuesday night has risen to 24, with five still missing, by 9 p.m. Friday.

A total of 493 were injured, including 45 in serious condition, the quake rescue headquarters said in the latest casualties update.

More than 61,500 tourists and migrant workers, including 126 foreigners, were evacuated following the quake, which struck Jiuzhaigou County at 9:19 p.m. Tuesday at a depth of 20 kilometers.

14 Aug 2017 description
report Xinhua

BEIJING, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- A total of 855 residents were evacuated after thunderstorms hit Beijing on Sunday afternoon, said the city's flood control office.

More than 400 households, mostly in the suburban Miyun and Mentougou districts, were evacuated, as the maximum rainfall reached 55.6 mm from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, the office said in a statement.

More than 180 tourist attractions were closed, said the statement.

14 Aug 2017 description
report Xinhua

CHANGSHA, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- Days of torrential rain forced 48,000 residents to evacuate in central China's Hunan Province, authorities said Sunday.

Heavy rain had battered the northern part of the province since Friday, disrupting the lives of 200,000 people in 62 townships in counties including Pingjiang, Yueyang and Fenghuang, said a statement issued by the provincial flood control and disaster relief headquarters.

As of 6 p.m. Sunday, 413 houses had been destroyed and 10,600 hectares of crops had been damaged in the province, said the statement.

14 Aug 2017 description
report Hong Kong Red Cross

Since May 2017, continuous rainstorms, hailstorms and typhoons have caused severe floods and landslides in more than 10 provinces or prefectures in the Mainland, including Hunan, Jiangxi, Guizhou, Guangxi and Jilin. More than 14 million people were affected, over than 1.3 million people were evacuated. More than 20,000 houses collapsed, with an economic loss of over RMB20 billion.

13 Aug 2017 description
report Xinhua

Editor: Xiang Bo

BEIJING, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese central government has allocated 70 million yuan (about 10.5 million U.S. dollars) to facilitate flood relief work in the northwestern province of Gansu, the Ministry of Finance said Friday.

The financial aid will cover evacuation of affected locals, provide living assistance to them, rebuild damaged houses and compensate families of those killed by the floods, according to the ministry.

11 Aug 2017 description
report ACT Alliance

A 7.0-magnitude earthquake jolted Jiuzhaigou, a popular tourist destination in southwest China’s Sichuan province on August 8th, 2017. So far, At least 19 people were killed and 343 injured after the earthquake, according to the information office of the provincial government. Around 1680 houses from 17 townships were collapsed or destroyed. The situation and extent of damage of the disaster in still being assessed.

ACT member Amity Foundation is improving the affected population’s access to temporary emergency shelter by providing tents, via a Rapid Response Fund of 59,770 USD.

10 Aug 2017 description
report Xinhua

Editor: Xiang Bo

BEIJING, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- The central government has allocated 180 million yuan (27.1 million U.S. dollars) for relief work after two major earthquakes hit northwest and southwest China.

A total of 80 million yuan has been given to Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps to support relocation of disaster-hit people and renovation of their houses, according to the Ministry of Finance.

Another 100 million yuan has been allocated to Sichuan Province for similar purposes.