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05 Feb 2016 description
report Xinhua

LONDON, Feb. 4 (Xinhua) -- China will donate 10,000 tonnes of food to help ease the food shortages among Syrian refugees, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced here Thursday.

Speaking at the Supporting Syria and the Region conference in London, Wang said China endorses this conference aimed at increasing humanitarian assistance to Syria, and hopes the gathering can make new efforts to realize peace and stability in Syria and help ease the humanitarian situation.

05 Feb 2016 description

By Sun Yan (Vicky), IFRC

When Li Xudong and his family lost their home during the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, they struggled to make ends meet. The family was forced to live apart. Li’s son and daughter-in-law left their village to look for better opportunities, while his five-year-old daughter was sent away to live with Li’s parents.

04 Feb 2016 description

A regional tsunami warning exercise involving sixteen* countries of the Pacific is currently taking place from 1 to 5 February to provide participants with the opportunity to test and give feedback on the Northwest Pacific Tsunami Advisory Center (NWPTAC) enhanced forecasting products.

04 Feb 2016 description
  • Heavy rain and snowfall has continued to affect south and south-eastern China over the past week causing more damages.

  • Local authorities report over 300 000 people affected, over 400 damaged homes in the provinces of Hunan and Hubei, as well as 500 people evacuated in the latter, as of 2 February. Media also report traffic disruption in many areas of southern China as well as thousands of people stranded at Guangzhou station.

  • More rain and snow is forecast to continue affecting south and south-eastern China over the next 24 h.

02 Feb 2016 description

The month saw an intensification of Yemen’s war, amid heightened regional rivalries between Saudi Arabia and Iran complicating prospects for peace. Political tensions increased in Haiti, Guinea-Bissau and Moldova, where protests over endemic corruption and a lack of confidence in the government could escalate. In Africa, Boko Haram’s deadly attacks increased in northern Cameroon, and Burkina Faso was hit by an unprecedented terror attack.

01 Feb 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

Devastating earthquakes on April 25 and May 12, 2015, left an estimated 9,000 people dead and nearly 20,000 injured. Rescue and relief efforts were slow to get off the ground, in part due to damage to the country’s already-weak infrastructure.

31 Jan 2016 description


Switzerland's glaciers are melting. In less than 40 years, their surface has shrunk by almost 30 percent. Linked directly to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions, this relentless retreat can be observed around the globe, impacting negatively on the economy, the environment and society.

28 Jan 2016 description

Update on the Dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region Northern Hemisphere

China (no updates)
As of 31 December, there were 3,884 cases of dengue reported in 2015 for China, with majority of the cases being reported during September and October. From 1 to 31 December 2015, 62 dengue cases were reported with no associated deaths. The number of cases in the month of December decreased sevenfold compared to the number reported in the previous month (n=470) and lower than the number of cases reported in December 2014 (n=180) (Figure 1).

27 Jan 2016 description

Écrit par Niakaling SISSOKO

La République Populaire de Chine a offert un lot de médicaments et matériels médicaux d’une valeur de plus de 145 millions FCFA à l’hôpital du Mali. La cérémonie a été présidée par Mme Togo Marie Madeleine Togo, Ministre de la Santé et de l’Hygiène Publique en présence de Mme LU. Huiying, Ambassadrice de la République Populaire de Chine. C’était ce jeudi 21 janvier 2016 dans l’hôpital du Mali.

27 Jan 2016 description

Genetic diversity of livestock can help feed a hotter, harsher world

Despite growing interest in safeguarding biodiversity of livestock and poultry,genetic erosion continues

25 Jan 2016 description

Key displacement and population movement in 2015

Boat crisis: Around 30,000 people estimated to have departed from Bangladesh and Myanmar via the Bay of Bengal in 2015. Over 1,000 people rescued o the coast of Myanmar in 2015.

Floods: 1.7 million people temporarily displaced by floods and landslides in June-August 2015.
Most quickly returned. 9,000 people still in evacuation sites at the end of 2015.

25 Jan 2016 description

A cold snap sweeping across East Asia has led to more than 50 deaths in Taiwan and stranded at least 60,000 tourists in South Korea.

Taiwanese media reported a rash of deaths from hypothermia and cardiac disease following a sudden drop in temperature over the weekend.

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23 Jan 2016 description

Beijing, China | AFP | Saturday 1/23/2016 - 08:04 GMT

Much of China shivered Saturday as a teeth-chattering cold snap broke decades-old records and snow fell in some parts for the first time in years, cancelling flights and forcing many indoors.

An orange alert was issued across the country as forecasts predicted eye-watering lows of -41 Celsius (-42 Fahrenheit) in some parts, the National Meteorological Center (NMC) said.

22 Jan 2016 description

By Iain Overton on 22 Jan 2016

In 2015, 21 countries were witness to suicide bomb attacks – the most countries ever impacted by this form of violence.

This finding by Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) comes from their Global Explosive Violence Monitor. This monitor charts media reports of explosive harm suffered by civilians around the world.

AOAV’s data on suicide bombings for 2015 shows that:

22 Jan 2016 description
  • An earthquake of magnitude 5.9 M at a depth of 10 km occurred at the Qilian mountain range between Qinghai and Gansu provinces of northern China, on 20 January at 17.13 UTC. The epicentre was located in a low population area of Menyuan Hai county in the Haibei Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, approximately 118 km north of the city of Xining (population over one million).

21 Jan 2016 description

Beijing, China | AFP | Thursday 1/21/2016 - 07:44 GMT

Schools have been suspended and emergency workers put on standby in China as the country braces for historically cold weather, including 30-year lows in places, the government and state media said Thursday.

At 1pm Thursday, it was already a biting -28 Celsius (-18 Fahrenheit) in Yakeshi in Inner Mongolia, with Harbin, the capital of Heilongjiang province in the northeast at -19 C and Changchun in neighbouring Jilin at -17 C.

21 Jan 2016 description
report Xinhua

Source: Xinhua | 2016-01-21 09:24:28 | Editor: huaxia

MENYUAN, Qinghai, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- No casualties were caused by a 6.4-magnitude earthquake that struck a county in northwest China's Qinghai province on early Thursday morning, local authorities said.

The tremor jolted Hui Autonomous County of Menyuan at 1:13 a.m.. It damaged 54 houses, including 20 with cracks in the walls, said county head Huang Jicheng.

The epicenter, 33 kilometers away from the county seat, is unpopulated, Huang said. Telecom services and traffic in the country remain normal.

21 Jan 2016 description
report Xinhua

Source: Xinhua 2016-01-21 13:35:09

BEIJING, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- The Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) has sent rescue teams and relief materials to the quake-affected area in northwest China's Qinghai Province.

On early Thursday morning, a 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit Menyuan County of Haibei Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Qinghai.

The first batch of eight rescue workers arrived in the morning to help with search and rescue efforts. Two more teams based in Qinghai have been dispatched.

16 Jan 2016 description

NEW YORK, 15 January, 2016 – More than 12 million children in over 46 countries have better schools, teachers and learning materials, thanks to a 13-year partnership between the IKEA Foundation, Save the Children and UNICEF.