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29 Aug 2016 description

By Denis McClean

GENEVA, 29 August 2016 - China National Radio today said it would launch a new service for its 700 million listeners which will focus on disaster risk reduction.

28 Aug 2016 description


  • Floods have negatively affected localized areas of central and southern parts, but overall impact on 2016 cereal crops expected to be limited

  • Cereal production in 2016 forecast to decrease marginally

  • Cereal imports in 2016/17 forecast sharply down from 2015/16 record level

  • Prices of rice and wheat were stable in July

Cereal production in 2016 forecast to decrease marginally

26 Aug 2016 description

The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 21-27 August 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, yellow fever, West Nile fever and malaria in Greece.

24 Aug 2016 description
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Update on the Dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere


As of 31 July 2016, there were 237 cases of dengue reported in China in 2016. This number is lower than the number of cases reported in the same period of the previous four years (2012-2015).


24 Aug 2016 description
report Radio Free Asia

Tibetan-populated counties in northwestern China’s Qinghai and Gansu provinces were struck by hailstorms and torrential rain this week, with houses, cars, and livestock swept away by massive floods, sources said.

Damage was especially severe in Qinghai’s Themchen (in Chinese, Tianjun) county when a fast-breaking storm on Aug. 19 wrecked a nomad village in Yangkan township, a source living in the area told RFA’s Tibetan Service.

One family lost everything, RFA’s source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

23 Aug 2016 description

Food security concerns for large numbers of people in several Asian countries following severe localized monsoon floods


23 Aug 2016 description

By Andy McElroy

BANGKOK, 23 August 2016 – The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction today received a major boost from the BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa – which have agreed to set up a joint task force on disaster risk management.

India’s Minister of State for Home Affairs and UNISDR Champion, Mr. Kiren Rijiju is the driving force behind the Udaipur Declaration issued today, which he said would be “a positive influence on the global agenda for strengthening efforts on DRR and resilience”.

23 Aug 2016 description

Japan - Tropical Cyclones KOMPASU, MINDULLE, LIONROCK
• TC KOMPASU made landfall on 21 August in Hokkaido as Tropical Depression. Over 6 000 people have been evacuated in this island.
• TC MINDULLE made landfall on 22 August in Chiba prefecture as Tropical Storm. Two people have been killed, several have been injured, over 469 000 have been evacuated in Kanagawa prefecture. Over the next 24 h it is forecast to continue moving northeast, weakening but remaining a Tropical Storm.

22 Aug 2016 description
report Xinhua

by Daniel Majack

JUBA, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- A China-built secondary school in South Sudan's capital Juba has helped kept the aspirations of students despite the uneasy environment in the war-torn nation.

The China Friendship School, which was constructed in 2013 by a Chinese company, currently accommodates over 2,000 students.

Solomon Michael Abas, a 17-year-old Form Three student, said he feels encouraged by the good learning facilities he enjoys at the school.

22 Aug 2016 description
report Xinhua

JUBA, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- China has pledged 10 million U.S. dollars aid to help South Sudan respond to humanitarian needs.

Chinese Ambassador to South Sudan Ma Qiang told Xinhua late Saturday the funds will be used to purchase food and non-food items in an effort to immediately rescue lives of thousands in dire humanitarian condition.

Ma said people of South Sudan are at critical humanitarian assistance aggravated by the recent fighting that has forced nearly 1 million people to flee their country to seek refuge in the neighboring countries.

20 Aug 2016 description
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• TC DIANMU made landfall on 18 August in Guangdong (China) as a Tropical Storm; then it reached northern Vietnam on 19 August morning.

• As of 19 August morning, media reported 40 000 people evacuated and 200 houses damaged in Hainan province (China), one dead and at least 360 people evacuated in northern Vietnam.

20 Aug 2016 description
  • Tropical Cyclone DIANMU made landfall on 18 August early morning (UTC) in Guangdong (China) as a Tropical Storm continued moving east slightly strengthening. As of 19 August early morning (UTC), about 40 000 people are reported to have been evacuated and 200 houses have been damaged in Hainan province (China).

  • On 19 August at 0.00 UTC, its centre was located approx. 75 km south-east of Hai Phong city and 200 km south-east of the capital Hanoi. It had max. sustained winds speed of 74 km/h (tropical storm).

19 Aug 2016 description
report Save the Children

In the wake of severe flooding across Bangladesh, India, China and Nepal, Save the Children warns that years of development progress could be eroded if education isn’t prioritised during the emergency response.

Intense flooding in South and East Asia has so far affected almost 40 million people since June, including approximately 10 million children, bursting riverbanks, washing away homes and destroying crucial infrastructure.

19 Aug 2016 description
report Xinhua

GUANGZHOU, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) -- Typhoon Dianmu landed in south China's Guangdong Province on Thursday afternoon, bringing torrential rain to much of the region.

This year's eighth typhoon landed in Dongli Township in the city of Leizhou at 3:40 p.m. on Thursday and is expected to bring heavy rainfall, which local authorities say could cause landslides in the region.

18 Aug 2016 description
  • Tropical Cyclone ELEVEN-16 formed over the North West Pacific Ocean in the South China Sea approx. 120 km south of the coast of Guandong province (China) on 17 August. It then started moving west as Tropical Storm.It is expected to make landfall on 18 August at 8.00 UTC near Yinglizhen city (Guangdong province) with a max. sustained winds speed of approx. 46 - 56 km/h (Tropical depression).

18 Aug 2016 description

General inflation in the region in June was estimated at 3.9 percent, and food inflation was 4.9 percent.

  • Sri Lanka recorded the highest monthly food price increase in the Asia-Pacific region in June, with a rise of 4.3 percent compared to May.

  • Afghanistan reported higher prices for wheat flour (high and low quality) and rice (low quality) compared to a month and a year ago.

16 Aug 2016 description
report Pulitzer Center


KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of the Congo—In the doorway of a one-room yellow fever ward in downtown Kinshasa, a toddler named Julia is slung over her mother’s shoulder. Moments later a nurse directs mother and child to the last vacant bed and inserts an intravenous line into the girl’s wrist. Her lemon-yellow eyes staring vacantly ahead, Julia does not flinch as the needle punctures her skin. She could be awaiting a hand massage or a manicure.

16 Aug 2016 description
report Government of Tonga

16th August 2016 The Supporting Community Water Resilience Project was completed in May 2016 and His Majesty King Tupou VI launched this initiative in the island of Niua Fo’ou.

Their Majesties His Majesty King Tupou VI and Her Majesty Queen Nanasipau’u attended this memorable event, along with Ambassador of Switzerland to Tonga, His Excellency Dr .David Vogelsanger, the Ambassador of the Republic of China to Tonga His Excellency Mr. Guang Huanguang and the Acting High Commissioner of New Zealand in Tonga Ms Adele Plummer.

16 Aug 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

Leaders Should Discuss Refugees, Imprisoned Nobel Laureate

By Sophie Richardson