Q: Please update us on Chinese government's latest disaster relief assistance to Vanuatu.
BEIJING, March 16 (Xinhua) -- China on Monday pledged continuous disaster relief assistance to Vanuatu after a powerful tropical storm tore through the island on Saturday.
"We will pay close attention to the situation and continue to support Vanuatu," said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei at a regular press briefing.
He also extended sincere condolences to the people of Vanuatu.
The Red Cross Society of China has given humanitarian assistance of 100 thousand U.S. dollars to the South Pacific country, according to the spokesperson.
As of 5 Mar over 82,000 people are displaced due to continuing insecurity in the provinces of North Cotabato and Maguindanao in Central Mindanao. This is an increase of about 12,100 people over the previous three days, according to the authorities of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). As of 4 Mar, over 64,000 people were staying in 48 evacuation centres across 12 municipalities, while others were hosted by relatives and friends. The situation along the border of the two provinces has stabilised.
The strategic markets of Philippines, China, Japan and Bangladesh are home to over half of the 100 cities most exposed to natural hazards, highlighting the potential risks to foreign business, supply chains and economic output in Asia from extreme weather events and seismic disasters, according to new research from global risk analytics company, Verisk Maplecroft.
Snapshot 11–17 February 2015
Myanmar: Fighting between the Myanmar army and the MNDAA, an insurgent group in the Kokang area of Shan state, displaced tens of thousands of people. Some fled into central Myanmar, while between 30,000 and 50,000 are thought to have crossed into Nansan, Yunnan province, China.
NATURAL DISASTERS AND CONFLICTS IN ASIA-PACIFIC
FEWER LIVES LOST
In 2014, Asia and the Pacific experienced 126 natural disasters, which affected a total of 85 million people. Significantly, casualties were a quarter of what they were in 2013, with nearly 4,000 people killed by disasters in the region. Floods and landslides were the primary causes of death according to the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED).
Tropical Storm Risk Zones
This map was derived from the Munich Reinsurance Company's World Map of Natural Hazards and shows tropical storm intensity based on the five wind speeds of the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
On 26 Nov a low pressure area developed into Tropical Depression Sinlaku. As of 30 Nov almost 47,000 people were affected in Regions IV-V, VI, VII, X, XI and CARAGA of which almost 1,400 are in 12 evacuation centres. A total of four people were reported dead, two injured and eight missing. Almost 3,000 houses were damaged of which almost 330 were totally destroyed and 2,660 were partially damaged. Local authorities are responding with national support.
79,500 people affected
On Nov.6,the public welfare project on tropical cyclone remote sensing monitoring and analysis technology which undertook by National Satellite Meteorological Center has passed the certification. Experts from Department of Science & Technology and Climate Change of CMA, Chinese Academy of Meteorological Science, Guangdong meteorological observatory and other units attended the meeting.
The death toll from Tropical Cyclone Hudhud, which struck Andhra Pradesh and Odisha states on 12 Oct, stands at 45 with around 920,000 people affected. More than 135,000 people are taking shelter in 223 relief camps whilst authorities are providing food to 685,000 people. Over 41,200 houses and buildings were damaged and 450,000 acres of agricultural land inundated. Total damage costs are estimated between US$9.7 - $11 billion, making it the most costly cyclone to have ever hit India.
45 people dead
920,000 people affected
What is El Niño?
On 12 Oct, Cyclone Hud Hud made landfall in the vicinity of Visakhapatnam City in the state of Andhra Pradesh with wind speeds of between 180-195 kph and 2-3 metre waves pounding the coast. At least six people have been killed and 150,000 people have been evacuated and sheltered in relief centres and schools. The National Crisis Management Committee will launch a detailed assessment shortly, though preliminary information indicates widespread damage in the four affected districts.
6 people dead
150,000 people evacuated
Since 16 September, Southern China areas have been affected by the typhoon “Seagull”, strong wind and torrential rains lead to flooding in a number of places. The situation in Central and Western Guangdong, South and West of Guangxi, Hainan and Yunnan are particularly serious. According to the Ministry of Civil Affairs, a total of 3,3million people were affected by the flooding, with 6 people died, 329,000 people evacuated, 42,000 houses collapsed or badly damaged, resulting in RMB 2.58 billion direct economic loss.
U.S.A. – Wildfires
• Over 36 000ha have been burnt by an active wildfire (named “King Fire”) near Sacramento, northern California, while it has also destroyed 68 structures, including 12 houses, as of 24 September. Evacuations are still in effect.
• A second large wildfire, “Happy Camp Complex”, has burnt over 53 000ha in Siskiyou County. It is currently 86% contained. (NICC, USDA)
Ukraine/Russia – Severe Weather
HANGZHOU, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- Heavy rain lashed the coastal areas of east China's Zhejiang Province Sunday as tropical storm Fung-Wong is approaching.
More than 5,000 fish boats from Ningbo City have returned to port, as a typhoon alert was issued at 10 a.m. Sunday. All people working in coastal aquaculture were evacuated while all tourist attractions were temporarily closed.