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11 Aug 2016 description

The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has accepted the advice of the Disaster Relief Fund Advisory Committee and approved from the Disaster Relief Fund a grant of $4.006 million to Save the Children Hong Kong for providing relief to flood victims in Hubei Province in the Mainland.

03 Aug 2016 description

Situation

• TC NIDA first made landfall over northeastern Cagayan province (Philippines) on 31 July as a Typhoon. It later made a second landfall over Dapeng Peninsula (Shenzhen city, Guangdong province, China) on 1 August at 19:35 UTC as a Typhoon. On 2 August at 0.00 UTC its centre was located over Guangdong province approx. 45 km south-east of Foshan city and it had max. sustained wind speed of 120 km/h (Typhoon).

02 Aug 2016 description

With the approach of Typhoon Nida, the Government has put in place suitable measures and co-ordinations, and also activated the inter-departmental emergency monitoring mechanism.

02 Aug 2016 description

The Secretary for Development, Mr Paul Chan, today (August 1) inspected the underground stormwater storage tank and related facilities at the Happy Valley Underground Stormwater Storage Scheme of the Drainage Services Department (DSD) to learn more about the flood prevention measures undertaken by the department in response to the threat of Typhoon Nida to Hong Kong.

02 Aug 2016 description

The Hong Kong Observatory replaced the No. 8 Northwest Gale or Storm Signal at 8.40pm yesterday (August 1), by the No. 8 Southwest Gale or Storm Signal at 4.40am today (August 2).

As at 8.45am today, the 1823 Government Call Centre has received 114 reports of fallen trees.

The Home Affairs Department has so far opened 27 temporary shelters in various districts and 218 people have sought refuge at the shelters as at 8.40am.

02 Aug 2016 description

The Hong Kong Observatory replaced the No. 8 Northwest Gale or Storm Signal at 8.40pm yesterday (August 1), by the No. 8 Southwest Gale or Storm Signal at 4.40am today (August 2).

As at 5.45am today, the 1823 Government Call Centre has received 38 reports of fallen trees.

The Home Affairs Department has so far opened 26 temporary shelters in various districts and 210 people have sought refuge at the shelters as at 5.40am.

The Airport Authority Hong Kong reported that as at 3am, a total of 156 flights have been cancelled and 290 flights delayed.

02 Aug 2016 description

The Hong Kong Observatory issued the No. 8 Northwest Gale or Storm Signal at 8.40 pm yesterday (August 1).

As at 2am today (August 2), the 1823 Government Call Centre has received 14 reports of fallen trees.

The Home Affairs Department has so far opened 26 temporary shelters in various districts and 207 people have sought refuge at the shelters as at 2.40am.

The Airport Authority Hong Kong reported that as at 3am, a total of 156 flights have been cancelled and 290 flights delayed.

02 Aug 2016 description

Hong Kong, China | AFP | Tuesday 8/2/2016 - 11:55 GMT

by Dennis CHONG

Hordes of angry passengers stranded after Typhoon Nida pummelled Hong Kong crowded the airport on Tuesday, desperately seeking flights as the city emerges from lockdown while the storm swept across southern China.

Hundreds of flights were cancelled, schools and shops shut and the stock market closed for the day as the storm brought violent winds and torrential showers.

01 Aug 2016 description

TYPHOON 06W (NIDA), LOCATED APPROXIMATELY 294 NM EAST-SOUTHEAST OF HONG KONG, HAS TRACKED WESTNORTHWESTWARD AT 14 KNOTS OVER THE PAST SIX HOURS. MAXIMUM SIGNIFICANT WAVE HEIGHT AT 010000Z IS 23 FEET. NEXT WARNINGS AT 010900Z, 011500Z, 012100Z AND 020300Z.

01 Aug 2016 description

The Hong Kong Observatory issued the No. 8 Northwest Gale or Storm Signal at 8.40 pm today (August 1).

The Home Affairs Department has so far opened 26 temporary shelters in various districts and 155 people have sought refuge at the shelters.

The 1823 Government Call Centre has so far received 1 report of fallen tree.

On air traffic, the Airport Authority Hong Kong reported that a total of 156 flights have been cancelled as at 10.30pm today.

21 Jul 2016 description

The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has approved from the Disaster Relief Fund a grant of $1.5 million to World Vision Hong Kong to provide non-tangible disaster relief support to earthquake victims in Ecuador.

19 Jun 2016 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

There are over 11,000 asylum seekers in the Asian financial hub, some still uncertain about their fate after waiting for more than 15 years

HONG KONG, June 19 (Reuters) - The number of stateless children born to refugees is growing in Hong Kong, where claims from asylum seekers have more than tripled in the last two years, alarming residents and lawmakers.

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04 Jun 2016 description

Strategic Assessment

The global terrorist threat continued to evolve rapidly in 2015, becoming increasingly decentralized and diffuse. Terrorist groups continued to exploit an absence of credible and effective state institutions, where avenues for free and peaceful expression of opinion were blocked, justice systems lacked credibility, and where security force abuses and government corruption went unchecked.

24 Feb 2016 description

By Andy McElroy

CEBU, Philippines, 24 February 2016 – A landmark public-private cross-border partnership in Asia is gathering pace in an effort to protect a multi-billion dollar industry on the frontline of hazard exposure.

Government officials and representatives of the tourism sector from across the region are working together as part of the Hotel Resilient Initiative to develop disaster resilience standards in holiday destinations and resorts.

25 Jan 2016 description

A cold snap sweeping across East Asia has led to more than 50 deaths in Taiwan and stranded at least 60,000 tourists in South Korea.

Taiwanese media reported a rash of deaths from hypothermia and cardiac disease following a sudden drop in temperature over the weekend.

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28 Dec 2015 description

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government has accepted the advice of the Disaster Relief Fund Advisory Committee and approved from the Disaster Relief Fund a grant of $3.093 million to Oxfam Hong Kong for providing relief to flood victims in Tamil Nadu, India.

02 Sep 2015 description

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government has accepted the advice of the Disaster Relief Fund Advisory Committee and approved from the Disaster Relief Fund two grants totalling $5.43 million to World Vision Hong Kong for providing relief to flood victims in Myanmar and India.

21 Jul 2015 description
report CIVICUS
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Executive Summary

From Ebola to the bombing of Gaza, civil society was the first responder to humanitarian emergencies during the last year, but faces dire threats and a funding crisis around the world, says a new report.

“During the last year civil society was everywhere, doing great work often at the frontline of the world’s challenges, but at the same time having to stave off threats to its very existence,” said Dr Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah, the CIVICUS Secretary-General on launching the organisation’s 2015 State of Civil Society Report.

10 Jul 2015 description

Two typhoons in the Philippine Sea and a tropical storm near the China coast near Hong Kong and Macau have the region on alert. From left to right: Tropical Storm Linfa is tracking westward parallel to the coast of China, losing steam as the storm interacts with land. Typhoon Chan-hom is over the Ryukyu Trench south of Okinawa on a track heading northwest toward the China coast north of Wenzhou. A sharp northward turn forecast after landfall could take the center of the storm very near Shanghai.