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21 Jul 2017 description
  • Tropical Cyclone EIGHT-17, formed over South China Sea on 21 July and started moving north-northwest as a Tropical Depression toward Hainan province (China). On 21 July at 0.00 (UTC) its center was located 579 km south-east of Sanya city and it had maximum sustained winds of approx 56 km/h (Tropical Depression).
  • Over the next 48 h, it is forecast to continue moving north-northwest, reaching Hainan on 22 July possibly as a Tropical Storm. Heavy rain may affect several areas of southern China and northern Vietnam.
21 Jul 2017 description

by Hassan Ahmadul, Climate Centre, Dhaka

The Chinese Red Cross has donated US$100,000 to the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) to assist with its ongoing monsoon flood-relief operation in wetland haor areas of the country’s north-east region.

“Vast areas of Bangladesh have been suffering a series of floods since March [leading] to crop destruction and food shortages,” a BDRCS news report announcing the donation said last week.

21 Jul 2017 description
report Xinhua

CHANGCHUN, July 20 (Xinhua) -- Storms across northeast China since Wednesday have inundated parts of Jilin and Heilongjiang provinces, blocking road access and cutting communication networks to about 1,100 households.

In Yongji County, Jilin, where heavy downpours last week were linked to 18 deaths and 18 missing, rain on Wednesday evening flooded the county seat. No casualties have been reported yet.

The rain has been so heavy that vehicles including mini vans are submerged, according to reporters at the scene.

20 Jul 2017 description

FCO launches its Annual Human Rights report for 2016

Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy puts human rights centre stage of foreign policy.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has published its 2016 Annual Human Rights Report. The report covers the period from January to December 2016 and for the first time includes a dedicated section on modern slavery - a key UK Government priority.

18 Jul 2017 description
report Xinhua

CHANGCHUN, July 17 (Xinhua) -- Eighteen people have died and another 18 remain missing after floods in China's northeastern city of Jilin, local authorities said Monday.

Heavy rain in the central and eastern parts of Jilin Province on Thursday and Friday left much of the province inundated.

The city of Jilin was severely flooded and more than 110,000 people had to be relocated, according to the city flood control and drought relief office.

17 Jul 2017 description

HODEIDAH – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFPP) welcomed a US$5 million contribution from the Government of China which will provide one month of much-needed food assistance to more than 930,000 people suffering from hunger in Yemen.

More than 17 million people in Yemen, or two-thirds of the population, do not know where their next meal is coming from. This includes nearly 6.8 million people who depend entirely on assistance to cover their essential food needs.

14 Jul 2017 description
report Xinhua

BEIJING, July 13 (Xinhua) -- China's central government has allocated funds for drought relief in the north of the country as a heat wave continues to scorch many areas.

A total of 145 million yuan (21.39 million U.S. dollars) has been transferred to local authorities for measures including ensuring the supply of drinking water for people and livestock, according to the Ministry of Finance (MOF).

14 Jul 2017 description
report Xinhua

NANNING, July 13 (Xinhua) -- Rain-triggered floods have swollen rivers and left more than 80,000 people affected in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

Twenty rivers in the region have seen floods surpass warning levels, according to the regional hydrology and water resources bureau.

Rainstorms have battered 25 counties in Guangxi since Monday. As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, two people were killed and 83,600 people were affected as a result of floods. A total of 1,832 local residents were relocated, the regional civil affairs department said.

14 Jul 2017 description

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (14 July 2017) — Unabated climate change would bring devastating consequences to countries in Asia and the Pacific, which could severely affect their future growth, reverse current development gains, and degrade quality of life, according to a report produced by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK).

13 Jul 2017 description
report Xinhua

BEIJING, July 12 (Xinhua) -- Natural disasters killed 204 people in China in the first six months of this year, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs and the National Commission for Disaster Reduction.

An additional 83 people are currently reported as missing, the authorities said in a statement Wednesday. According to the statement, floods and geological hazards were mainly to blame, accounting for 134 deaths.

Altogether, natural disasters caused 51.9 billion yuan (about 7.64 billion U.S. dollars) of direct economic losses.

12 Jul 2017 description

Health advisories for travelers to Saudi Arabia, Hajj, 1438 H

Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, is one of the largest and most longstanding annual mass gathering event in the world. Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health has issued Health conditions for travelers to Saudi Arabia for the pilgrimage to Mecca (Hajj) – health requirements and recommendations in connection with performing hajj in 2017 (1438 H)

Editorial note

12 Jul 2017 description
report Xinhua

BEIJING, July 11 (Xinhua) -- A heat wave will expand from northern China to central and eastern regions in the coming three days, the meteorological agency reported Tuesday.

On Monday, much of northern China saw temperatures in parts of Hebei, Shaanxi, Shanxi and Xinjiang hit 42 degrees Celsius, according to the National Meteorological Center.

Maximum temperatures broke records across Gansu, Ningxia, Shaanxi Sichuan and Xinjiang.

11 Jul 2017 description
report Xinhua

By Song Lifang

BEIJING, July 10 (Xinhua) -- Eight people have been killed and two remain missing after heavy rain hit nine Chinese provinces since July 7, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said Monday.

From late Friday till Monday 9 a.m., storms have forced the evacuation of over 11,000 residents in Chongqing Municipality and provinces of Jiangxi, Shandong, Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Sichuan, Guizhou, and Yunnan, the ministry said.

10 Jul 2017 description



Affected areas Raqqa governorate Cause of displacement Conflict Figures As many as 14,000 new conflict displacements between 5 and 22 June; as many as 443,000 returns between January and 30 June; about 31,000 cross border returns from Turkey, Lebanon,
Iraq, Jordan and Egypt between January and May


10 Jul 2017 description
report Xinhua

Source: Xinhua| 2017-07-09 19:19:44|Editor: Mengjie

CHANGSHA, July 9 (Xinhua) -- Severe rainfall in central China's Hunan Province since June has affected over 12 million people and left 83 dead or missing, the provincial government said Sunday.

Of the dead or missing, 28 were buried by landslides, 13 were washed away by flash floods, 22 died in collapsed buildings, four drowned, and 16 were killed or went missing due to ground collapses or other reasons.

09 Jul 2017 description
report Hong Kong Red Cross

Since May 2017, China has been affected by continuous rainstorms and hailstorms. In mid-June, the heaviest rainfall in the year caused severe floods and landslides in many provinces, with over 10 million people affected. Sichuan, Jiangxi, Guizhou, Hunan, Zhejiang and Guangxi provinces are amongst the hardest hit.

According to the Ministry of Civil Affairs, 11 provinces in the Mainland have been affected by floods and landslides since 29 June, latest situation as below:

No. of affected people: 11.08 million

Deaths: 56

Missing: 22

Evacuated: 168,800

07 Jul 2017 description

Mogadishu, 5 July 2017 - The UN Migration Agency (IOM) held a project launch ceremony today to mark the start of operations of a project focusing on meeting emergency needs for shelter and non-food items (NFIs) in Somalia. The project will be implemented through a $1 million donation from the Government of the People’s Republic of China.

07 Jul 2017 description

by Reuters
Friday, 7 July 2017 00:00 GMT

International NGOs in China are suspending operations and losing partnerships six months after the government introduced a law requiring them to register with police

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation.