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27 Nov 2015 description

Next week, Mozambique, formerly one of the world’s most heavily mined countries, will formally declare it has completed mine clearance on its territory, the 29th country to do so since the 1990s. This leaves 60 countries and territories still contaminated according to Clearing the Mines, a review of mine action programmes around the world published today by Norwegian People’s Aid. The report’s authors have calculated that by 2020 another 20 countries should have completed mine clearance and the urgent humanitarian threat removed from the other 40.

25 Nov 2015 description
report UNAIDS

On estime que 15,8 millions de personnes sont désormais sous traitement contre le VIH, soit deux fois plus qu’il y a cinq ans, tandis que les pays adoptent la Stratégie d’accélération à l’aide de données permettant d’affiner la prestation des services de prévention et de traitement du VIH afin d’atteindre les personnes laissées pour compte

25 Nov 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Forced Return by China Could Mean Torture, Death

24 Nov 2015 description
report UNAIDS

Countries adopt UNAIDS Fast-Track Strategy to double number of people on life-saving HIV treatment by 2020

An estimated 15.8 million people are now on HIV treatment, a doubling from five years ago, as countries adopt the UNAIDS Fast-Track Strategy using data to fine-tune delivery of HIV prevention and treatment services to reach people being left behind

24 Nov 2015 description
report Xinhua

CHENGDU, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- Quake-prone Sichuan Province in southwest China on Monday started a trial plan to insure buildings against earthquakes and related hazards.

The insurance will cover damage caused by earthquakes of 5-magnitude and higher as well as secondary disasters, such as landslides, cave-ins, fires or explosions that occur within 72 hours of an earthquake.

23 Nov 2015 description

Recurrent earthquakes, floods, typhoons, and volcanoes present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in the East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) region. Some countries also face civil unrest and associated humanitarian impacts, as well as limited government capacity to respond to disasters. Between FY 2006 and FY 2015, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided humanitarian assistance in response to a diverse range of natural and complex emergencies in the region.

23 Nov 2015 description

JUBA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a US$5 million contribution from the Government of the People’s Republic of China to support its emergency response to the deteriorating food security situation in South Sudan.

The contribution will be used to assist people in the conflict-affected states – Unity, Upper Nile and Jonglei – where people rely heavily on humanitarian assistance.

23 Nov 2015 description


23 November 2015, GENEVA – A new report issued today by the UN, “The Human Cost of Weather Related Disasters”, shows that over the last twenty years, 90% of major disasters have been caused by 6,457 recorded floods, storms, heatwaves, droughts and other weather-related events.

The five countries hit by the highest number of disasters are the United States (472), China (441), India (288), Philippines (274), and Indonesia, (163).

19 Nov 2015 description

Yesterday, November 18, H. E. Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia, took along with her senior government officials, including Hon. B. Elias Shoniyin, Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, to the turning-over ceremony of the newly constructed and refurbished Monrovia Vocation Training Center (MVTC) in Monrovia.

19 Nov 2015 description

2618, China | AFP | Thursday 11/19/2015 - 09:13 GMT

The death toll from a landslide triggered by flooding in China rose to 38 Thursday, with no more missing, officials and state-run media said.

An avalanche of mud and rock caused by torrential rains engulfed 27 homes last Friday in Lishui in the eastern province of Zhejiang, reports said.

Only one person escaped and more than 2,300 rescuers and 60 digging machines were deployed to search for the victims, but their efforts were repeatedly interrupted by rain and at least one more landslide, they said.

18 Nov 2015 description
report Government of Tonga

18th November 2015 The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Tonga, H.E Huang Huanguang today presented donation of TOP$69,000.00 to the Secretary General of Tonga Red Cross Society to assist with the Water Catchment Project to the people of Niuafo’ou.

18 Nov 2015 description

Northern Hemisphere

China (no update)

As of 30 September, there were 1917 cases of dengue reported in 2015 for China, with majority of the cases being reported during September. From 1 to 30 September 2015, 1479 dengue cases were reported. The number of cases in the month of September in 2015 has increased, however was lower than the same period of 2014. (Figure 1)


18 Nov 2015 description

The Government of the People’s Republic of China has gone one step further in its commitment to construct a new hospital for the people of Dominica.

At a press conference on Friday, November 13th, Hon. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit informed that all systems are go while the Chinese Government is in process of tendering a contract for construction to begin.

18 Nov 2015 description
report Xinhua

CHANGSHA/NANNING, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- Rare winter floods have ravaged central China's Hunan Province since Nov.11, affecting a total of 253,000 people, local authorities said Monday.

Continuous rainstorms beginning on Wednesday have formed flood crests in the upper and middle reaches of the Xiangjiang River, a tributary of the Yangtze River, China's longest river, leading to the most severe winter flooding in the region since 1961, according to Hunan Provincial Commission for Disaster Reduction.

17 Nov 2015 description

Chinese President Xi Jinping announced a few days ago that China would provide the 5th-round emergency aid to African countries to fight against Ebola. On November 4, the Official of the Department of Foreign Assistance made a comment on the contents of this round of aid.

The official said that this is China’s 5th round of foreign assistance provided to African countries which were hit by Ebola including Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. This round of assistance is mainly applied to the following three aspects:

17 Nov 2015 description

The Government of Dominica has received a commitment from the Chinese Government to finance the reconstruction of the West Coast Road.

The Edward Oliver Leblanc Highway or West Coast Road suffered major infrastructural damage during Tropical Storm Erika.

The Hon. Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit made the announcement on Friday, November 13th.

16 Nov 2015 description

Beijing, China | AFP | Monday 11/16/2015 - 09:33 GMT

The death toll from a landslide triggered by flooding in China has risen to 25, with 12 more people missing, state-run media reported Monday.

The avalanche of mud and rock caused by torrential rains engulfed 27 homes last Friday night in Lishui in the eastern province of Zhejiang, the China News Service said. Only one person among the 38 people inside the houses when the landslide struck escaped.

The landslide cut off power, damaged electricity circuits and set some houses on fire, the report added.

15 Nov 2015 description
report Xinhua

HANGZHOU, Nov. 15 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from an east China landslide has risen to 21, with 16 people still missing, local authorities said Sunday.

Only one person has been rescued so far after the landslide hit a village in Zhejiang Province Friday night.

The landslide was reported at around 10:50 p.m. in Lidong Village of Yaxi Township in the outlying Liandu District of Lishui City, the city government said in a press release.

Torrents of mud and rocks buried 27 homes in the village, with 21 houses flooded.

15 Nov 2015 description

Beijing, China | AFP | Sunday 11/15/2015 - 06:36 GMT

A landslide that engulfed homes in China killed at least 16 people, with 21 still missing, as heavy rains brought misery across a swathe of the country.

Photos posted on Sina Weibo, a Chinese version of Twitter, showed rescue teams working through the night as they attempted to pull people from mud and rock that had buried 27 houses in Zhejiang province.

14 Nov 2015 description
report Xinhua

HANGZHOU — Four people were confirmed dead and 33 others remained missing after a landslide hit a village in East China’s Zhejiang province on the evening of Nov 13, local authorities said early on Nov 14.

The landslide was reported at around 10:50 pm in Lidong village of Yaxi township in the outlying Liandu district of Lishui city, the city government said in a press release.

It said torrents of mud and rocks buried nearly 20 homes in the village.

Rescue work began immediately after the landslide.