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18 Jan 2017 description
report Xinhua

BEIJING, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- Some 400,000 families, or 1.4 million people, living in areas known to be geological disaster hot spots will be relocated, according to a government plan released Wednesday.

These families live in areas where geological disasters can not be prevented or reduced through human intervention, according to the plan, and they will be moved by the end of 2020.

18 Jan 2017 description
report Sphere Project

Resumen ejecutivo

Las Autoridades Nacionales de la Gestión de Desastres (NDMAs) son con frecuencia, aunque no siempre, la principal institución nacional con el mandato de coordinar y gestionar todos los aspectos relacionados con la mitigación, la preparación y la respuesta a desastres, a través de sus oficinas nacionales y provinciales respectivas. Muchas de estas autoridades han adoptado ahora políticas y directrices de gestión de desastres, algunas de las cuales hacen referencia explícita a las normas humanitarias.

18 Jan 2017 description
report Sphere Project

National disaster management policies and guidelines benefit from building on and incorporating references to international humanitarian standards. But what does it take to link both and how can humanitarian professionals engage with National Disaster Management Authorities to achieve that goal?

18 Jan 2017 description
report Fortify Rights

(YANGON, January 13, 2017)—The Government of China should ensure protection for thousands of ethnic Kachin civilians fleeing ongoing armed conflict in Myanmar and prevent forced returns, Fortify Rights said today. Chinese state security forces reportedly forced back to Myanmar approximately 4,000 Kachin civilians on January 11, a day after they fled to China to escape fighting in Myanmar’s Kachin State.

16 Jan 2017 description
report The Irrawaddy


RANGOON — More than 4,000 Kachin IDPs returned to Zai Awng, Magayang and Hkau Shau camps after China denied them entry at the border, according to the Joint Strategy Team (JST) supporting the internally displaced people.

“China is a big nation. They need to respect human rights on an international level. They should protect the people who have no protection from fighting,” JST spokesperson Gum Sha Awng said at a press conference in Rangoon on Friday,

16 Jan 2017 description

The State Council General Office issued a guideline on a comprehensive national disaster prevention and alleviation plan (2016-2020).

According to the plan, annual economic losses caused by natural disasters should account for no more than 1.3 percent of the country’s GDP; annual death rate caused by disasters for every million people should be controlled within 1.3 percent.

13 Jan 2017 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 8-14 January 2016 and includes updates on Legionnaires' disease, Zika virus and seasonal influenza.

12 Jan 2017 description


The Lessons Learned Portal Project is a recommendation by participants of the February 2015 Expert Forum in Antalya, Turkey, a gathering of more than 90 participants that focused on “Lessons Learned about Lessons Learned about Hydro-meteorological Disaster Risk Reduction in a Changing Climate.”

12 Jan 2017 description
report Radio Free Asia

About 4,000 Myanmar refugees who attempted to flee across the border to safety in China after mortar shells fell in two internally displaced persons camps in Kachin state’s Waingmaw township on Wednesday were turned away by Chinese authorities, leaving them with nowhere to go in the conflict zone, a Kachin religious official said.

11 Jan 2017 description
report Xinhua

Source: Xinhua | 2017-01-10 20:04:59 | Editor: huaxia

BEIJING, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- Chinese authorities plan to improve the country's capacity to cope with calamitous events.

In a guideline published on Jan 10, the CPC Central Committee and State Council warned of a “complicated and severe” situation with regard to natural disasters.

Insufficient information sharing, lack of prevention planning and poor public awareness are among the fields that need improvement, the document pointed out.

09 Jan 2017 description
report Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — The Chinese Red Cross Society has donated US$100,000 through the Việt Nam Red Cross Society (VNRC) to help flood victims in the central region of Việt Nam.

Chinese Ambassador to Việt Nam Hong Xiao Yong handed over the donation to VNRC President Nguyễn Thị Xuân Thu at a ceremony on Friday in Hà Nội.

Thu praised the support of the Chinese government and its people, adding that she believed co-operation between the two societies would further develop to a higher level, especially in emergency aid, disaster prevention and rehabilitation programmes.

07 Jan 2017 description

With the humanitarian situation drastically deteriorating in a number of countries and regions, the EU is releasing urgent assistance. A total of €28.7 million have been allocated to respond to the most pressing humanitarian needs in Somalia, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Egypt and Libya.

05 Jan 2017 description
report Munich Re

A number of devastating earthquakes and powerful storms made 2016 the costliest twelve months for natural catastrophe losses in the last four years. Losses totalled US$ 175bn, a good two-thirds more than in the previous year, and very nearly as high as the figure for 2012 (US$ 180bn). The share of uninsured losses – the so-called protection or insurance gap – remained substantial at around 70%. Almost 30% of the losses, some US$ 50bn, were insured.

05 Jan 2017 description

Immigration Detention And Community Statistics Summary

At 30 November 2016, there were 1414 people in immigration detention facilities, including 1158 in immigration detention on the mainland and 256 in immigration detention on Christmas Island.

A further 560 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 26,186 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E.

04 Jan 2017 description

Update on the Dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere


As of 31 December 2016, there were 2098 cases of dengue reported in China in 2016. This number is lower than that reported during the same period in 2015.


31 Dec 2016 description


  • Winter wheat plantings in 2017 increased slightly compared to last year’s level

  • 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 stable in recent month

Winter wheat plantings in 2017 increased slightly compared to last year’s level

30 Dec 2016 description


​The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals about active public health threats. This issue covers the period 25-31 December 2016 and includes updates on polio, influenza A(H7N9) in China and Zika virus.

23 Dec 2016 description

In 2016, EM-DAT preliminary data indicates that 301 country level disasters occurred, affecting 102 countries. The impact of which sums up to a total of 7,628 deaths, 411 million affected people, and US$97 billion of economic damages.