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27 Jul 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Monsoon-related flooding temporarily displaces at least 91,000 people

  • Tropical Cyclone Mora affects approximately 150,000 people in May

  • Insecurity in Kachin, Rakhine, and Shan drives sporadic displacement, limits humanitarian access

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

25 Jul 2017 description
  • Tropical Cyclone SONCA is moving west-northwest over the South China Sea, towards central-northern Vietnam, slightly strengthening but remaining a Tropical Storm.
  • Heavy rain and strong winds could affect central and northern Vietnam, Lao PDR and north-eastern Thailand on 25-27 July.
24 Jul 2017 description
report Xinhua

Editor: An

BEIJING, July 23 (Xinhua) -- China's national observatory on Sunday renewed a blue alert for typhoon Sonca, which is expected to hit south China's Hainan Province or the Beibu Gulf.

At 6 p.m. Sunday, the eye of Sonca was above the South China Sea some 235 km to the southeast of Sanya City, Hainan, packing winds of up to 18 meters per second, the National Meteorological Center (NMC) said in a statement.

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.

07 Jul 2017 description

June 2017 extended the spell of “exceptional global warmth” that has now lasted since mid-2015, according to the latest analysis from the Europe Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting Copernicus Climate Change Service. Average surface air temperatures were the second hottest on record, after June 2016.

13 Jun 2017 description
  • Tropical Cyclone MERBOK kept moving towards Hong Kong, strengthening. On 12 June afternoon (UTC), it made landfall close to Xichong city as a tropical storm. It then moved over Guangdong province, weakening.

  • Over the next 24 h, it is forecast to weaken and dissipate. Heavy rain and strong winds may however affect the provinces of Guangdong, Fujian and Hong Kong.

  • According to national authorities, as of 13 June at 7.00 (UTC), ten people have been injured and hundreds of flights have been cancelled in Hong Kong.

27 Feb 2017 description

Improvements in forecasting tropical cyclones and reducing associated hazards to life and property are being discussed at the annual meeting of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)/World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Typhoon Committee.

The Typhoon Committee session in Yokohama, Japan, will examine the 2016 season with a view to strengthening operational effectiveness and disaster risk reduction in 2017 and beyond.

23 Jan 2017 description

The Philippines

AFFECTED AREAS

Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol and Eastern Visayas regions

CAUSE OF DISPLACEMENT

Disaster (Storm)

FIGURES

More than 2.5 million new displacements between 24 December and 11 January

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.

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.

03 Jan 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

East Asia and the Pacific region remains extremely prone to natural hazards, with significant human casualties and economic losses – more than 40 million people were affected by disasters in 2015. Children are among the most vulnerable to natural hazards, and suffer short-term and long-lasting negative impacts on health, nutrition, protection and education. Population growth, rapid urbanization and climate change continue to exacerbate the impact of disasters, which are expected to occur more frequently and with greater intensely, and to impact larger populations in the coming years.

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.

23 Dec 2016 description
report UN Women
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Author: Jenni Ratilainen

Beijing, China — On 12 December 2016, one-year anniversary of the adoption of the Paris Climate Agreement, UN Women launched the new research report, “Gender Dimensions of Vulnerability to Climate Change in China” in Beijing. The research fills a crucial literature gap in the country and supports evidence-based discussion on the future of climate change and disaster reduction in China.

24 Nov 2016 description

The People’s Republic of China turned over on Tuesday an additional cash donation worth P35,000,000 to the Philippines through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to help fund recovery and rehabilitation efforts of the Department for calamity-affected communities. China has earlier donated P60,000,000 on November 7 to help the affected families of Typhoon Lawin which struck the northern part of Luzon last month.

14 Nov 2016 description

Nouveau record en vue: 2016 devrait être encore plus chaude que 2015

Tout semble indiquer que 2016 sera l’année la plus chaude qui ait été observée depuis le début des relevés et que la température moyenne sera même supérieure au record établi en 2015. Selon les données provisoires dont dispose l’Organisation météorologique mondiale (OMM), la température moyenne en 2016 devrait être supérieure d’environ 1,2 °Celsius à ce qu’elle était à l’époque préindustrielle.

14 Nov 2016 description

2016 is set to break even the temperature records of 2015.

It is very likely that 2016 will be the hottest year on record, with global temperatures even higher than the record-breaking temperatures in 2015. Preliminary data shows that 2016’s global temperatures are approximately 1.2° Celsius above pre-industrial levels, according to an assessment by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).