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11 dead, 27 missing in SW China rainstorms


CHONGQING, Sept. 2 (Xinhua) -- Eleven people died and 27 others are missing after rainstorms devastated parts of southwest China's Chongqing Municipality.

As of 3 p.m. Tuesday, about 39,000 people have been evacuated with more than one million people in nine districts or counties in the northeast of the municipality suffering the effects of the storms, said the municipal government.

The downpours also caused 2,251 houses to collapse and damaged 25,000 others.

Direct economic losses total more than one billion yuan (about 167 million U.S. dollars).

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World + 66 others
CrisisWatch N°133 - 1 September 2014

The fight for control of Libya between the Misrata-led Islamist-leaning coalition and the Zintan-led forces is escalating by the day. Hundreds have been killed and thousands displaced in over six weeks of clashes and heavy artillery fire. The Misrata side emerged victorious in the battle over Tripoli’s international airport, taking control of the capital, and made advances around Benghazi, but the larger political divide remains unresolved.

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In pictures: Healing through play after China earthquake


29 August 2104: View the slideshow and see how more than 200 children affected by the earthquake in China’s Yunnan Province now have safe spaces to play, learn and develop thanks to Plan’s emergency response.

The 6.5 magnitude earthquake on 3 August caused widespread devastation – destroying houses, killing hundreds of people and leaving thousands injured.

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11 missing after SW China landslide


CHONGQING, Sept. 1 (Xinhua) -- Eleven people are still missing after a rain-triggered landslide on Monday morning in Yunyang County in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality, said local authorities.

Employees with the Yongfa coal mine, located in Jiangkou Township, encountered the landslide while they were transferring from their dormitory to a safe location after torrential rains started at 8:53 a.m., according to an official with the county's publicity bureau.

Twelve workers were buried after the landslide with one rescued at about 11 a.m.

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Thailand + 7 others
Two Years with No Moon: Immigration Detention of Children in Thailand

A new report details how Thailand’s use of immigration detention violates children’s rights, risks their health and wellbeing, and imperils their development.

Human Rights Watch:

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China landslide toll rises to 15: report

08/29/2014 02:18 GMT

BEIJING, August 29, 2014 (AFP) - The death toll from a landslide that destroyed a Chinese village has risen to 15, state media reported Friday.

Half of a 600-metre high knoll near Fuquan city in the southwestern province of Guizhou broke free and "wiped out a majority of the village" at its base, the official Xinhua news agency said.

Rescue workers were still trying to extract survivors from the debris, it added. Pictures showed emergency personnel levering up huge slabs of tiled wall.

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Ludian Earthquake - Update August 22, 2014

Amity Foundation

On 20 August the Hong Kong Disaster Relief Fund approved grants of HKD 6.317 million to the Amity Foundation for providing relief to earthquake victims in Yunnan Province on the Mainland.

The grants are provided for four townships in Ludian County, Qiaojia County and Huize County. The relief goods include 450 tons of rice, 7,500 buckets of cooking oil, 5,000 quilts and mosquito nets as well 3,000 folding beds. A total of 7,500 families, equal to 30,000 people, will benefit from the grants.

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NE China drought leaves 330,000 thirsty


SHENYANG, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- Drought in northeast China's Liaoning Province has caused drinking water problems for nearly 330,000 people and 82,000 head of livestock, said authorities Thursday.

The worst drought since 1951 has also affected 28 million mu (1.8 million hectares) of crops, 56 reservoirs and 427 rivers, said the provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters.

Liaoning received only 102mm of rain from July 1 to Aug. 17, 60 percent less than normal. The dry and hot weather will continue through late August.

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Torrential rains inflict severe damages on E.China province


HANGZHOU, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- Nearly 65,000 people in east China's Zhejiang Province have been evacuated after torrential rains caused floods in some cities, said the provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters on Thursday.

Nearly half a million people in the cities of Lishui, Jinhua, Wenzhou and Shaoxing have been affected by persistent downpours since Aug. 8, with the worst-hit Lishui suffering direct economic losses of 1.058 billion yuan, it said.

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Philippines + 8 others
ECHO Factsheet – East, Southeast Asia and the Pacific – August 2014

Key messages

  • The Asia-Pacific region is the most disaster-prone region in the world. The three largest disasters worldwide in the past four years have occurred in East and Southeast Asia.

  • Together with implementing partners, the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) carries out rapid assessments of needs and delivers immediate help to those affected by natural and man-made disasters. In the period 2013-2014, the Commission allocated more than € 90.69 million in humanitarian funding to the region.

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China: Ludian Earthquake Information bulletin n° 3

GLIDE n° EQ-2014-000102-CHN

This bulletin is being issued for information only and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) has launched a national appeal. At the same time RCSC will accept direct assistance from abroad to provide support to the affected population. Voluntary contributions towards this earthquake operation can also be channelled through the IFRC’s Long-Term Planning Framework for China.

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Sierra Leone + 2 others
Australia supports Ebola Fight with $1M through World Health Organization

The Government of Australia is providing the sum of One Million United States Dollars through the World Health Organization as additional support to fight the Ebola Virus. This is in addition to an annual 20 million dollars support the Australian Government provides to the WHO for Emergency Health issues.

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Over rough terrain, relief goods arrive in Chinese towns

ACT Alliance

A fortnight after a magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit three counties in the hilly southwest of China, and despite heavy aftershocks, ACT Alliance’s Amity Foundation continues its huge effort to deliver relief to residents left with nothing.

Over 600 people died in the August 3 earthquake with 112 still missing. Around the epicentre of the earthquake, over 80,000 houses have collapsed.

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World + 10 others
Asia Pacific Food Price and Policy Monitor, July 2014 - Issue 12


  • Regional general price inflation moderated to 5.7 percent in June after reaching 6.1 percent in May. Food price inflation slowed to 4.4 percent from 5 percent during the same period.

  • The benchmark Thai 100% B rice price rose 2.6 percent, but regional rice prices were stable.

  • Wheat prices fell annually by 3.5 percent in South Asia, and 8.2 percent in Pakistan.

  • China expects 122.6 million tonnes of wheat output this year, up 2 percent over last year.

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Specialist teams scale-up efforts to help earthquake survivors in Yunnan, China

By Kevin Xia, IFRC

Li Xuanmei, a 60-year-old farmer from Hulukou Village, was lucky to survive the 6.5-magnitude Yunnan earthquake, which left more than 600 dead and damaged or destroyed over 66,000 homes in China’s southwest province. Her house in Hulukou Village did not fare so well. It was damaged beyond repair and she and her husband and their granddaughter resorted to sleeping on a plank bed with a waterproof tarpaulin for a roof.

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Ludian Earthquake - Update August 18, 2014

Amity Foundation

August 18

As Amity’s relief work continues, another earthquake with the magnitude of 5.1 occurred in Yongshan County within the Zhaotong Prefecture on August 17. Amity staff, who are working in the adjacent county Ludian, reported that the earthquake was clearly obvious. Fourteen people are reported being injured. Houses are collapsed and infrastructure is severely damaged. Amity will also give attention to the future development in Yongshan.

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Australia + 10 others
Immigration Detention and Community Statistics Summary - 30 June 2014

About this report

This report provides an overview of the number of people in immigration detention and Offshore Processing Centres as at midnight on the date of the report. The report is produced on a monthly basis.

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Nepal + 5 others
Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (12 - 18 August 2014)

The Government of Nepal is leading the response. Humanitarian partners have strengthened their presence on the ground to support the delivery of food, water and medication.

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