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GIEWS Country Brief: China (Mainland) 16-April-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

•Rains in April after prolonged dry spell improved prospects for the 2014 wheat crop

•Aggregate cereal imports in 2013/14 to reach a record level

•Prices of rice and wheat remain generally stable

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World + 14 others
Gestión del riesgo de desastres para un desarrollo con capacidad de adaptación

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World Bank

Los desastres naturales afectan en forma desproporcionada a las personas pobres y vulnerables. A la luz de la alarmante tendencia mundial que apunta hacia un aumento en las pérdidas debido a estos fenómenos, la gestión de los desastres y el riesgo climático (DRM, por sus siglas en inglés) está cada vez más presente en las actividades del Banco Mundial. Las inversiones ayudan a proteger millones de vidas y medios de sustento y salvaguardar el crecimiento en sectores socioeconómicos clave.

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World + 14 others
Gérer les risques de catastrophe pour protéger le développement

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World Bank

Les catastrophes frappent majoritairement les populations pauvres et vulnérables. Face à l’aggravation préoccupante des pertes dues aux catastrophes de par le monde, la gestion des risques de catastrophe tient une place croissante dans les opérations de la Banque mondiale. Les investissements contribuent à protéger des millions de personnes ainsi que leurs moyens de subsistance, et à préserver la croissance dans les secteurs socio-économiques clés.

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Twelve new weather radars to operate in this flood season

It is reported that in the main period of this flood season, 12 weather radars will be put into operation. Then there will be 172 weather radars in the national network for providing real-time observing data for forecasting service in different places.

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Myanmar + 1 other
3,000 displaced by recent Kachin fighting

A coalition of aid and relief groups working in Kachin State issued a statement on Monday warning that more than 3,000 civilians have been displaced by fighting in the southeast part of the state, which remains ongoing.

Clashes between Burmese military forces and troops from the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO) began last Thursday, 10 April, near the government-controlled town of Man Win Gyi, in an area of Mansi township that is wedged between China and northern Shan State.

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Natural disasters kill 74 in first quarter

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Xinhua

BEIJING, April 9 (Xinhua) -- Natural disasters across China have claimed 74 lives and 4 people are missing in the first quarter this year, authorities announced on Wednesday.

Affecting more than 12 million people, disasters forced the evacuation of 98,000, according to a statement by the Ministry of Civil Affairs and the National Commission for Disaster Reduction.

Disasters caused direct economic losses of 5.6 billion yuan (900 million U.S. dollars) and affected more than 1.73 million hectares of farmland, the statement said.

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Solomon Islands + 4 others
Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 1-8 April 2014

Flash flooding in the Solomon Islands has left 23 people dead and many more still missing. Heavy rainfall in China has also caused 14 deaths and massive evacuations.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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SW China quake-affected schools to resume class

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Xinhua

KUNMING, April 7 (Xinhua) -- All affected schools in earthquake-hit Yongshan county of southwest China's Yunnan Province will resume class on Tuesday after a three-day Tomb-sweeping holiday, said local authorities Monday.

Nine injured people have meanwhile been discharged from hospital, sources with the county publicity office said.

The 5.3-magnitude quake hit the county, with an epicenter 13 km deep, at 6:40 a.m. on Saturday, affecting 71,200 residents and injuring 32 people.

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SW China quake injures 32, rescue continues

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Xinhua

UNMING, April 6 (Xinhua) -- The 5.3-magnitude quake that hit southwest China's Yunnan Province on Saturday morning has affected 71,200 residents, injuring 32 people, local authorities said Sunday.

Five severely injured people are in stable conditions, as relief efforts continue on Sunday in Yongshan County, the quake epicenter, an official with the county government's information office told Xinhua.

The local government dished out 2,150 tents, and a large sum of quilts, food and water to quake victims in temporary shelters.

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SW China quake injures 26, rescue continue

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Xinhua

KUNMING, April 6 (Xinhua) -- The number of people confirmed as injured in Saturday morning's earthquake in southwest China's Yunnan Province has risen to 26, as the rescue operation goes on.

Five severely injured people are in stable conditions, as relief efforts following the 5.3-magnitude quake continue on Sunday in Yongshan County, the quake epicenter, an official with the county government's information office told Xinhua.

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Ten injured in SW China 5.3-magnitude quake

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Xinhua

KUNMING, April 5 (Xinhua) -- At least ten people were injured after a 5.3-magnitude earthquake struck a town in southwest China early Saturday, authorities said.

Yongshan County, Yunnan Province felt the shock, with epicenter 13 km deep in Xiluodu township, at 6:40 a.m. Saturday, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center.

Two of the injured are in a serious condition, said the county government's information office. Twenty houses collapsed and two roads were blocked by fallen rocks. One road has since reopened. Communications in the area were not affected.

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Death toll rises to 15 in Guangdong

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Xinhua

GUANGZHOU, April 2 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from rainstorms in south China's Guangdong Province has risen to 15, while four other people remained missing, local authorities said on Wednesday.

Four more people were confirmed to have died on Tuesday, the provincial bureau of civil affairs said in a statement. Days of torrential rain have also left at least 14 injured.

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21 dead, 4 missing in S China rainfall

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Xinhua

BEIJING, April 1 (Xinhua) -- Heavy rainfall in south China over the last few days has left 21 people dead and four others missing, said the Ministry of Civil Affairs on Tuesday.

As of 9 a.m. on Tuesday, torrential rains in seven Chinese provincial- level regions -- Fujian, Jiangxi, Hunan, Guangdong, Guangxi, Chongqing and Guizhou, have affected more than 1.16 million people and forced 17,000 to leave their homes, the ministry said in a statement.

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Rain triggers south China landslide, flight delays

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Xinhua

NANNING, March 31 (Xinhua) -- Rain and hailstorms since Saturday have brought landslides and flight delays to southern China.

In Guangdong province, authorities confirmed that 11 people had been killed, while three remained missing as of 5:00 p.m. on Monday.

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China - Severe Weather (ECHO Daily Flash - 31 March 2014)

Heavy rainfall in south-eastern China over 28-31 March triggered floods and landslides, affecting seven provinces (Fujian, Jiangxi, Hunan, Guangdong, Guangxi, Chongqing, and Guizhou). WMO reports 191 mm of rain in 24 h in the city of Gaoyao, Guangdong province, on 30 March.

As of 31 March, the Chinese Government reports 16 people killed and two missing in the affected provinces. According to CMA, rainfall will continue to affect south-eastern China in the following 24 h.

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Melting snow affects 700 in disaster in Xinjiang

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Xinhua

URUMQI, March 22 (Xinhua) -- Melting snow in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has brought misery to over 700 people, according to government authorities on Saturday.

Since early March, floods, landslides and geological events resulting from melting snow have affected several counties along the Ili River valley in northwestern Xinjiang, affected over 700 people and damaging about 500 local homes, according to Civil Affairs Department of Xinjiang.

The melting snow has also cut roads in the region.

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China: Earthquake DREF Operation Update MDRCN005 - Final Report

Period covered by this update: 25 April 2013 – 31 October 2013.

Summary: CHF 400,000 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 25 April 2013 to support the National Society in delivering assistance to some 20,000 beneficiaries.

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China reports huge disaster-induced maritime losses

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Xinhua

BEIJING, March 19 (Xinhua) -- Oceanic disasters in China last year caused a direct economic loss of 16.3 billion yuan (2.6 billion U.S. dollars), the greatest in the past five years, said the State Oceanic Administration (SOA).

According to the 2013 SOA report released on Wednesday, maritime disasters caused the deaths of 121 people.

The report notes storm waves, sea waves, sea ice and red tides accounted for most of the ocean disasters, with storm waves leading to 94 percent of the direct economic loss.

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Burundi + 27 others
OFID’s Governing Board approves fresh funding in its 146th session - Funds to benefit over 30 countries worldwide

Vienna, Austria, March 18, 2014. Meeting in its 146th Session, the Governing Board of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has approved financing of nearly US$264 million to boost socio-economic development in over 30 partner countries. Of the new commitments, over US$193m will support 10 public sector loans and nine grants. The bulk of the public sector funding will co-finance agriculture, transportation, education, energy, health and water supply and sanitation projects.

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Philippines + 1 other
China gives 16T rice bags Cebu, Bohol Yolanda victims

By: Amor Y. Saludar

Central Visayas, March 13 (PIA) --- Peoples Republic of China gives 800 metric tons or 16,000 bags of rice to typhoon Yolanda victims in Cebu and Bohol.

The food aid given to this typhoon devastated places is coursed through the Tier 3 Program of the ASEAN Plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve (APTERR) with the National Food Authority (NFA) as its regular member.

Part of the implementation of the program is the ceremonial turnover held yesterday March 12 at the NFA GID Warehouse, North Reclamation Area, Cebu City.