VIENNA, 18 December 2014 – The USD 5 million voluntary contribution to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), allocated last year by the Government of China, is being used to further technical cooperation, as well as advisory services, in Africa, Central Asia, and the Latin American and Caribbean region.
This is in line with UNIDO’s new focus on inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID), as well as activities relating to advancing South-South Cooperation.
General inflation in the region continued to slow, falling to 3.7 percent from 3.8 percent, while food price inflation was unchanged.
Nominal rice prices rose 7.7 percent in South Asia in October.
In Afghanistan retail prices for wheat and wheat flour fell by a respective 2 percent and 4.9 percent in expectation of an above-average harvest.
Rice prices in India rose 18 percent year-on-year.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
2014/15 winter wheat plantings estimated to remain close to last year’s level
Record 2014 aggregate cereal harvest estimated
Aggregate cereal imports in 2014/15 forecast to decrease from last year’s record level
Prices of rice and wheat remain stable
On 12 December, 2014, Mr. Yin Chengwu, Political Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in Sierra Leone, signed the China-Africa People-to-People Friendship Action project implementation agreement on enhancing community response to the Ebola epidemic with Mrs. Valnora Edwin, Executive Director of the Campaign for Good Governance (CGG). According to the agreement, the Chinese Embassy offers RMB 200,000 ( equally 32,600 USD ) to CGG for providing humanitarian relief support to quarantined homes, health workers and Ebola patients in the Western Area and Port Loko District of Sierra Leone.
In order to alleviate the water crisis in Malé, capital of the Maldives, the Chinese government continues to provide emergency assistance to the Maldives. Loaded with nearly 700 tons of fresh water, a Chinese Navy submarine rescue ship named Changxing Island which could produce over 70 tons of desalted water every day arrived in Malé in the evening of December 7 local time and started to supply water to the Maldivian people through its own sea water desalination facilities.
ERIBL, Iraq, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- Two aircraft carrying the China's humanitarian aid items arrived in Erbil, the capital city of Iraqi Kurdish region on Tuesday.
Chinese Consul General in Erbil Tan Banglin handed over the materials worth about 30 million yuan in total to Iraqi Kurdish region officially after a handover ceremony at the airport and signed a transfer certificate with Thahir Osman, vice governor of Erbil province.
· In 2014, the monsoon rains were late across most of East Asia, leading to delays in the start of the growing season. Improved rainfall from August onwards, allowed for a good recovery across most of the region.
· Though most countries avoided significant impacts on national aggregate crop production, DPRK suffered from a very poor rainfall season with significant reductions in agricultural production.
· Elsewhere, localised impacts are noted in Pakistan, India, Vietnam, China, Myanmar.
CONAKRY (Xinhua) -- Le Haut commissaire du gouvernement chinois pour la lutte contre Ebola en Afrique Xu Shuqiang a offert samedi un don de matériels et de médicaments d' une valeur d'un million USD à l'hôpital de l'amitié sino-guinéen, situé à Conakry, capitale guinéenne.
La cérémonie de remise s'est déroulée au sein de l'hôpital en présence du haut commissaire du gouvernement chinois, de l' Ambassadeur de Chine en Guinée, du ministre de la coopération internationale et de plusieurs invités de marques guinéens et chinois.
JINGGU, Yunnan, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- A nine-year-old boy was killed and another 22 injured in the 5.9-magnitude earthquake that struck southwest China's Yunnan Province on Saturday evening, local authorities said Sunday, citing latest statistics.
The tremor, with a depth of 10 kilometers, was felt strongly at 6:20 p.m. in Jinggu County, Pu'er City. About 16 hours before, a 5.8-magnitude quake jolted the county. Both are believed to be aftershocks of the 6.6-magnitude earthquake that hit Jinggu on Oct. 7.
BEIJING, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- Natural disasters across China claimed 10 lives and caused direct economic losses of 192 million yuan (31.2 million U.S. dollars) in November, according to an official statement.
Disasters last month, including two major earthquakes measuring over 5in magnitude, also affected more than 210,000 in 39 county-level regions and displaced thousands of people, according to information from the Ministry of Civil Affairs and the National Commission for Disaster Reduction.
On 4 December, 2014, Chinese Ambassador Zhao Yanbo donated to Ebola survivors and orphans in Makeni City, Northern Province of Sierra Leone. Mr. Yin Chengwu, Political Counsellor of the Embassy, Mr. Moijueh Kaikai, Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children's Affairs, Mrs. Sunkarie Kabba-Kamara, Mayor of Makeni and Mr. Sahr Moigua, Secretary General of Local Councils Association of Sierra Leone attended the hand-over ceremony. Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC), Awoko Newspaper, Concord Times, Standard Times, Exclusive Newspaper, Universal Radio covered the event.
President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has appealed for the support and cooperation of the Maldivian public in resolving the national crisis, brought on by the fire that broke out at the Maldives Water and Sewerage Company (MWSC). The President made this appeal, while speaking at a press conference held this evening at the President’s office, regarding the issue.
In a statement issued today, President Abdulla Yameen Abduul Gayoom has appealed to the Maldivian public to remain patient and united, while working with the Government to resolve the national crisis, brought on by the fire that broke out at the Maldives Water and Sewerage Company (MWSC). Additionally, President Yameen reassured the Maldivian people that a steady and adequate supply of bottled water would be made available until the crisis is resolved.
In the afternoon of December 4, 2014, water services to the whole island of Male, capital of Maldives, were shut off after a crippling fire damaged crucial components of the desalination plant on the island, leaving the capital's population of 150,000 in severe water shortage. At the request of the Maldivian government, the Chinese government has provided Maldives with cash and drinking water for emergent assistance. So far, the Chinese government has arranged two civil flights loaded with bottled drinking waters to Male.
A fire broke out on Thursday, 4 December 2014 at 13:40 hr inside the Maldives Water and Sewerage Company (MWSC)’s Generator Unit and has disrupted Male’ City’s water supply. Due to lack of technical expertise, spare parts is not available in the country and have to be sourced from other countries, the resume of water supplies is likely to take at least one week.
Update on the dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region
On 26 Nov a low pressure area developed into Tropical Depression Sinlaku. As of 30 Nov almost 47,000 people were affected in Regions IV-V, VI, VII, X, XI and CARAGA of which almost 1,400 are in 12 evacuation centres. A total of four people were reported dead, two injured and eight missing. Almost 3,000 houses were damaged of which almost 330 were totally destroyed and 2,660 were partially damaged. Local authorities are responding with national support.
79,500 people affected
KANGDING, Sichuan, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- Lessons for about 240 students of a junior high school in Kangding in southwest China's Sichuan Province restarted on Thursday after an earthquake last week.
The 6.3-magnitude earthquake, which struck on Nov. 22, affected more than 7,000 students.
Students of Muya Zuqing School in Tagong, the epicenter of Saturday's earthquake, will be taught in six prefabricated classrooms.
KUNMING, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- Six people were killed in a landslide in southwest China's Yunnan Province on Thursday, local authorities said.
Police authorities in the city of Baoshan received a report at 4:30 p.m. saying six people in the city's Longyang district were killed after being buried in a landslide, the district's publicity department said in a statement late Thursday.
An investigation into the cause of the accident is under way.
Aid groups have moved in to provide assistance to thousands affected by a deadly 5.9-magnitude earthquake in a Tibetan populated area in southwestern China’s Sichuan province, an official from one of the organizations said.
The quake left at least two people dead and injured 54 others, according to reports.