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Solomon Islands + 4 others
Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 1-8 April 2014

Flash flooding in the Solomon Islands has left 23 people dead and many more still missing. Heavy rainfall in China has also caused 14 deaths and massive evacuations.

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China reports huge disaster-induced maritime losses

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Xinhua

BEIJING, March 19 (Xinhua) -- Oceanic disasters in China last year caused a direct economic loss of 16.3 billion yuan (2.6 billion U.S. dollars), the greatest in the past five years, said the State Oceanic Administration (SOA).

According to the 2013 SOA report released on Wednesday, maritime disasters caused the deaths of 121 people.

The report notes storm waves, sea waves, sea ice and red tides accounted for most of the ocean disasters, with storm waves leading to 94 percent of the direct economic loss.

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Philippines + 1 other
China gives 16T rice bags Cebu, Bohol Yolanda victims

By: Amor Y. Saludar

Central Visayas, March 13 (PIA) --- Peoples Republic of China gives 800 metric tons or 16,000 bags of rice to typhoon Yolanda victims in Cebu and Bohol.

The food aid given to this typhoon devastated places is coursed through the Tier 3 Program of the ASEAN Plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve (APTERR) with the National Food Authority (NFA) as its regular member.

Part of the implementation of the program is the ceremonial turnover held yesterday March 12 at the NFA GID Warehouse, North Reclamation Area, Cebu City.

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Philippines + 14 others
Asia-Pacific Humanitarian Bulletin 2013

The year was marked by 137 natural disasters in the region, compared with 93 separate events in 2012. The number of people killed by disasters was almost six times higher.

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China + 1 other
Mainland, Taiwan ink weather, earthquake agreements

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Xinhua

Editor: Fu Peng

TAIPEI, Feb. 27 (Xinhua) -- Negotiators from the Chinese mainland and Taiwan on Thursday signed two agreements on meteorological and seismic cooperation, promising information exchanges and joint monitors between the two regions that are both seismically active and prone to typhoons.

Chen Deming, president of the mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), and Lin Join-sane, chairman of the Taiwan-based Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), signed the pacts in Taiwan's Taipei City.

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Philippines + 9 others
Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 11-17 February 2014

1 PHILIPPINES

It has been over three months since Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) struck the Philippines killing over 6,200 people, with nearly 1,800 individuals still missing. Humanitarian and early recovery activities are ongoing in a variety of locations. The Strategic Response Plan for Typhoon Haiyan remains only 45% funded.

Source: OCHA Humanitarian Bulletin No. 1

2 PHILIPPINES

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Tonga + 1 other
People’s Republic of China hands-over USD $600,000 for disaster relief

12 February 2014 - The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Nuku’alofa has confirmed on February 10 that further assistance from the Chinese Government towards the relief efforts in Ha’apai will include a grant of USD $600,000 in cash.

The Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Tonga, His Excellency Mr Huang Huaguang will formalize this generous humanitarian assistance with the Honourable Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Lord Tu’ivakano in a brief signing and hand-over ceremony today, February 12.

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World + 14 others
Infographic: Recent Significant Disasters in the Asia and Pacific Region

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Asian Development Bank

Whether it's the Philippines, which recently experienced the strongest storm recorded, or Japan, which was devastated by the tsunami and earthquake in 2011 - the tragedies affecting these countries serve as a call to risk-prone countries throughout Asia and the Pacific to build and vigilantly maintain resilience to catastrophes.

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Tonga + 1 other
Government of the Republic of China donates emergency supplies for Ha’apai

A signing ceremony to signify the support and assistance of the Government of the People’s Republic of China towards the people of Ha’apai affected by Cyclone Ian was held yesterday in Nuku’alofa.

The Honourable Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Lord Tu’ivakano received on behalf of the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga, emergency supplies valued at TOP $10,000 pa’anga including drinking water and food, from the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the Kingdom of Tonga, HE Mr. Huang Huaguang.

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Philippines + 21 others
Philippines: Foreign Military Deployed Assets (as of 30 December 2013)

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Experts discuss the development of typhoon numerical forecast

On December 17-19, the academic committee meeting and academic annual conference of China Meteorological Administration Key Laboratory of Typhoon Numerical Forecast was held in Shanghai. Experts and scholars from CMA, Chinese Academy of Sciences, U.S.

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Philippines + 4 others
Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot, 17-23 December, 2013

Heavy winds swept across central and northern Bhutan on 15 December leaving a trail of damages in 11 districts including 900 resident homes. No fatalities were reported.

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Philippines + 1 other
China's Peace Ark hospital ship returns home

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Xinhua

NINGBO, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) -- China's navy hospital ship Peace Ark returned to a navy port on Zhoushan island in east China's Zhejiang Province on Sunday, concluding a humanitarian medical aid mission in typhoon-hit areas in the Philippines.

During the mission, the ship treated 2,208 patients, conducted 44 operations, and offered medical treatment and medicine to more than 450 households, according to the authorities of the Peace Ark.

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Philippines + 3 others
Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot, 9-16 December, 2013

Floods in eastern Java, Indonesia affected over 7,000 families and injured 1 person. More than 1800 hectares of rice fields were submerged. 66,000 people remain displaced in Zamboanga.

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Philippines + 1 other
China's Peace Ark leaves Philippines

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Xinhua

BEIJING, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- China's navy hospital ship Peace Ark left the Leyte Gulf in southeastern Philippines Tuesday for home after concluding a 16-day medical aid mission in typhoon-hit areas, said a Foreign Ministry spokesman.

This is the first time China has sent a naval vessel to overseas disaster-hit areas for a humanitarian medical mission, said Hong Lei at a daily news briefing.

The hospital ship treated 2,208 patients and 113 inpatients, and conducted 44 operations, according to Hong.

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China earmarks natural disaster aid

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Xinhua

BEIJING, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- China's ministries of finance and civil affairs allocated 111 million yuan (18 million U.S. dollars) on Thursday to three regions as aid for residents affected by disasters.

The fund will be used for urgent resettlement, basic living needs and reconstruction of houses in Jilin and Hainan provinces and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

A series of quakes measuring 5.0 or more hit the city of Songyuan in northeast China's Jilin in late October and November, leaving 12 people injured and causing damage to houses.

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Philippines + 21 others
Philippines: Foreign Military Deployed Assets (as of 04 December 2013)

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Philippines + 1 other
Chinese Embassy donates three payloader trucks to the Philippine Red Cross

Amidst the Super-Typhoon Yolanda that plagued our country the past month, the Chinese are ready and willing to support their neighbor country with the help of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC).

The Chinese Embassy, through Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Ma Ke Qing donated three (3) brand new payloader trucks to the PRC, in great hopes that these trucks can help the humanitarian organization in its busy operations on the ravaged Visayan region.

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Philippines + 20 others
Philippines: Foreign Civil-Military Snapshot (as of 23 November 2013)

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