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28 Mar 2015 description

Update on the dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere

China

As of March 24, there were 41 cases of dengue reported in China for 2015 (19 cases in January and 22 cases in February). Compared with the same period of the previous three years (2012 to 2014), the number of dengue cases reported in China for the months of January and February 2015 has increased (Figure 1).

Malaysia

25 Mar 2015 description
report Radio Free Asia

Refugees in the conflict-torn Kokang region of Shan State have accused Myanmar government troops of gang rape, beatings and shootings of unarmed civilians, in a bid to terrorize the local population since fighting with rebel forces began on Feb. 9.

Kokang refugee Liu Zhengxiang, who frequently returns from China's neighboring province of Yunnan to take care of animals at her home in Shiyuanzi on the Myanmar side of the border, said groups of Myanmar government soldiers are roaming around, using rape, beatings and shootings as a weapon of war against local people.

25 Mar 2015 description

On March 24, 2015, Chinese Embassy in Sierra Leone and Campaign for Good Governance(CGG) issued a joint press release on the conclusion of the program on enhancing community response to the Ebola epidemic funded by the China-Africa People-to-People Friendship Action initiative.

Charge D'affaires of the Chinese Embassy, Mr. Yin Chengwu, and Executive Director of CGG Mrs. Valnora Edwin signed the press release.

The full text of the joint press release is as follows:

23 Mar 2015 description
report Radio Free Asia

Tens of thousands of displaced civilians in northern Myanmar's conflict-riven Kokang region and across the Chinese border face worsening conditions and uncertainty, local sources told RFA on Monday.

A volunteer doctor surnamed Sun at a refugee camp near Lingesai in China's southwestern province of Yunnan said a woman had died recently as a result of debilitating conditions in the camp, and that disease is now rife in many of the volunteer-run camps on the Chinese side of the border.

23 Mar 2015 description

Q: Please update us on Chinese government's latest disaster relief assistance to Vanuatu.

22 Mar 2015 description
report Radio Free Asia

Authorities in the southwestern Chinese province of Yunnan are investigating a group of unexploded bombs that fell on the mountainous and rugged border with Myanmar, where fighting between government troops and Kokang rebels has intensified in the past week.

As the conflict in Shan State passed the 40-day mark On Myanmar's side of the border relief volunteers said unidentified attackers had thrown five grenades in an attack on the refugee camp, where unarmed civilians are sheltering from the conflict. There were no injuries.

20 Mar 2015 description

Yangon, Myanmar | | Wednesday 3/18/2015 - 04:50 GM

by Kelly MACNAMARA

Bloody conflict in a remote corner of northern Myanmar has spilled violently across the border with China, risking a rift with the mighty neighbour and threatening peace efforts with an array of rebels.

Myanmar's army is battling ethnic-Chinese rebels in the Kokang region of Shan state, with aerial bombardments and close-quarter combat, just as the quasi-civilian government is grappling to end decades of border insurgencies in fresh ceasefire talks that began Tuesday.

17 Mar 2015 description
report World Bank

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 16, 2015 — About 275,000 residents in China’s Sichuan province will have access to better infrastructure services through a $100 million loan approved today by the World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors.

16 Mar 2015 description
report Xinhua

BEIJING, March 16 (Xinhua) -- China on Monday pledged continuous disaster relief assistance to Vanuatu after a powerful tropical storm tore through the island on Saturday.

"We will pay close attention to the situation and continue to support Vanuatu," said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei at a regular press briefing.

He also extended sincere condolences to the people of Vanuatu.

The Red Cross Society of China has given humanitarian assistance of 100 thousand U.S. dollars to the South Pacific country, according to the spokesperson.

13 Mar 2015 description

The government of the People's Republic of China, through its Embassy in Freetown Friday 13 March 2015 handed over 40 brand new ambulances, assorted medical supplies and malaria drugs to President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma at the Queen Elizabeth II Quay in support of the fight against the Ebola virus disease in Sierra Leone.

13 Mar 2015 description

Northern Hemisphere

China (No Update)

The cumulative number of reported dengue cases in 2014 was 47,331. This is about ten times and eighty times higher compared with the number in 2013 and 2012 respectively due to the dengue outbreak in Guangdong in end of 2014. In January 2015, 19 dengue cases were reported. This number is one-tenth of the previous month (December 2015), and almost the same as the same period in 2013 and 2012

Malaysia

13 Mar 2015 description

The Chinese government’s first batch of emergency materials, including 40 diesel engines, 100 water pumps and 25 steamboats, arrived in Colombo, capital of Sri Lanka, on March 3-4, carried by two chartered flights. They were officially handed over to the Sri Lankan side. Two high-rating generators, as the second batch of relief, will be delivered soon.

The Chinese government offered a helping hand and announced to provide Sri Lanka with 20 million yuan humanitarian aid immediately when the country suffered the biggest flood in several decades at the end of 2014.

12 Mar 2015 description

Executive Summary

This report provides a UK perspective on the global human rights situation during 2014, and examples of what the government is doing to promote human rights and democratic values overseas. It reviews the situation in specific countries and against the thematic priorities around which our work is organised.

One of the most striking trends of 2014 was the pressure put by governments on civil society organisations in many parts of the world, damaging human rights and the economic interests of those same countries.

12 Mar 2015 description
report Radio Free Asia

Government soldiers fighting ethnic Kokang rebel forces in northern Myanmar are holding at least 14 civilians and forcing them to work as porters and human shields, sources in the region said on Wednesday.

The men were conscripted after government forces detained a group of more than 20 ethnic Kokang families who were en route back to their homes from the Maidihe refugee camp that straddles the border with China's Yunnan province, Kokang aid workers said.

The soldiers later released the women and children, but kept the men, they said.

10 Mar 2015 description
report Radio Free Asia

Two children died, another was left critically ill, and more than 10 other people were injured after a shell exploded at a crowded market in the conflict-torn Kokang region of northern Myanmar on Tuesday, witnesses said.

The shell, believed to have been fired by government forces amid intense fighting with ethnic Kokang rebels, hit the New Agricultural and Trading Goods Market in Laukkai on Tuesday morning as it was thronged with civilians and young families, according to medical staff who saw the aftermath.

10 Mar 2015 description
report Irrawaddy

By KHIN OO THA / THE IRRAWADDY| Monday, March 9, 2015 |

Authorities in China’s Yunnan Province are urging thousands of ethnic Kokang refugees in their area to return to the conflict-affected Kokang Special Region in northern Shan State, a ruling party lawmaker from the region has said.

10 Mar 2015 description
report Xinhua

BEIJING, March 9 (Xinhua) -- Natural disasters claimed five lives and caused 230 million yuan (about 37.36 mln U.S. dollars) in direct economic losses in February, according to government statistics.

Disasters last month, mainly earthquakes, affected some 238,000 people in China. More than 4,000 residents were relocated and more than 2,000 needed emergency support, the Ministry of Civil Affairs and the National Commission for Disaster Reduction announced Monday.

A total of 30,000 houses were damaged in natural disasters in February, they said.