The U.S. expanded its aerial campaign against Islamic State (IS) militants in late September with strikes in Syria’s north and east. The operation, which targets both IS and fighters linked to al-Qaeda’s central leadership and the affiliated group Jabhat al-Nusra, risks alienating other rebel groups in Syria and strengthening support for IS.
The Government has accepted the advice of the Disaster Relief Fund Advisory Committee and approved from the Disaster Relief Fund a grant of $0.395 million to Correctional Services Department Credit Union Education Fund (CSDCU Education Fund) for providing relief to earthquake victims in Yunnan Province in the Mainland.
09/16/2014 09:39 GMT
by Neil CONNOR
BEIJING, September 16, 2014 (AFP) - A powerful typhoon slammed into southern China Tuesday, swamping ships, grounding flights and forcing thousands -- many of them still recovering from a previous storm -- to leave home.
Typhoon Kalmaegi made landfall on the east coast of Hainan island packing winds of 144 kilometres (89 miles) an hour, the China Meteorological Administration said.
Hong Kong ‧16 August 2014) The Hong Kong Red Cross (HKRC) launches the first “Chinese Traditional Character” version of the Red Cross First Aid App today (16 August) for popularizing first aid and empowering mobile phone users to act in emergency.
Amity's Annual Report 2013 can be downloaded now. Besides information on Amity's different fields of activities in 2013, you can find project stories as well as facts and figures. General Secretary Qiu Zhonghui emphasized in his introductory message that more and more public voices were heard and taken seriously in the year 2013, and these eventually became the driving force of social development. Amity is steadily working for the development of rural communities and also expands services to urban communities.
Starting in May, torrential down pour of rain has been devastating many areas in the six provinces Fujian, Jiangxi, Guangdong, Sichuan, Hunan and Guangxi. More than 5.5 million people have been affected to varying degrees, have leaving all their possessions when their homes were destroyed and crops totally wiped out.
07/18/2014 03:56 GMT
BEIJING, July 18, 2014 (AFP) - China on Friday braced for a powerful super typhoon heading for its southern coast after the storm left a trail of destruction and at least 40 dead in the neighbouring Philippines.
China's National Meteorological Center (NMC) said Super Typhoon Rammasun was on course to hit Hainan island and Guangdong province late in the afternoon.
The outer bands of the storm lashed Hong Kong overnight with heavy rain and strong winds but the city was spared a direct hit as the typhoon veered west towards Hainan.
The Government has accepted the advice of the Disaster Relief Fund Advisory Committee and approved a grant of $5.144 million from the Disaster Relief Fund to the Amity Foundation, Hong Kong for providing relief to flood victims in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and Hunan Province in the Mainland; and a grant of $2.225 million to Oxfam Hong Kong for providing relief to flood victims in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia.
The East Asia and the Pacific subregion continues to face the challenges of mixed flows of migrants and asylum-seekers from Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
11/15/2013 13:01 GMT
HONG KONG, November 15, 2013 (AFP) - Hong Kong said Friday it will contribute $5.16 million to a fund that can be used to help the typhoon-stricken Philippines, after drawing fire for sticking to a deadline on sanctions against Manila over a 2010 hostage crisis.
The city's legislative body voted for the injection of HK$40 million ($5.16 million) into an existing disaster relief fund, boosting its total amount to HK$49 million, which aid groups can then apply for, the government said in a statement late Friday.
The Hong Kong Observatory issued the No. 8 Southwest Gale or Storm Signal at 12.25am today (September 23) to replace the No. 8 Northwest Gale or Storm Signal. Severe Typhoon Usagi has weakened into a typhoon.
According to the Hospital Authority, as at 1am, a total of 10 people, including seven males and three females have sought medical treatment at the Accident and Emergency Departments at public hospitals. Four of them were admitted, while the other six were discharged after treatment.
The Hong Kong Observatory issued the No. 8 Southwest Gale or Storm Signal at 12.25am today (September 23) to replace the No. 8 Northwest Gale or Storm Signal. Usagi is gradually moving away from Hong Kong and continues to weaken in strength.
According to the Hospital Authority, as at 3am, a total of 13 people, including nine males and four females, aged between 29 and 73, have sought medical treatment at the Accident and Emergency Departments at public hospitals. Seven of them were admitted, while the other six were discharged after treatment.
09/22/2013 15:08 GMT
HONG KONG, September 22, 2013 (AFP) - Severe Typhoon Usagi left two dead as it made landfall in southern China Sunday, shutting down one of the world's busiest sea ports in nearby Hong Kong and throwing flight schedules into disarray.
Usagi packed winds of 165 kilometres (103 miles) per hour as it closed in on China's densely populated Pearl River Delta, forcing some residents in vulnerable areas to tape up windows and stock up on supplies.
The Hong Kong Observatory issued the No. 8 Northwest Gale or Storm Signal at 6.40pm today (September 22).
On cases of fallen trees, the Development Bureau has received 11 reports as at 9pm and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department one.
As at 9.30pm, the Home Affairs Department has opened 26 temporary shelters, with a total of 209 people seeking refuge at the shelters.
On air traffic, 370 passenger flights have been cancelled and 76 delayed as at 9pm.
No report of flooding or landslide has been received.
09/21/2013 19:28 GMT
by Sam Yeh
HENGTSUN, September 21, 2013 (AFP) - Typhoon Usagi, the most powerful storm of the year, unleashed torrential rain and ferocious winds on Taiwan Saturday, leaving tens of thousands without power after claiming at least two lives in the Philippines as it barrelled towards Hong Kong.
Southern Taiwan was hit by the storm, which brought torrential rain and ferocious winds, as it rolled past the Batanes island group in the far north of the Philippines -- tearing coconut trees in half -- and headed on towards the Chinese mainland.
09/20/2013 10:33 GMT
HONG KONG, September 20, 2013 (AFP) - Super Typhoon Usagi -- one of the strongest storms of the year -- barrelled towards Hong Kong and southern China on Friday, prompting warnings of fierce winds and torrential rains.
Packing gusts of up to 205 kilometres (130 miles) per hour, the storm is projected to roar between the Philippines and Taiwan before smashing into the southern Chinese coast later in the weekend.
At 0600 GMT Friday it was centred 1,120 kilometres southeast of Hong Kong, officials in the Chinese territory said.
- USAGI (named “ODETTE” in the Philippines) has become a powerful Typhoon, heading NW towards Batanes islands (Philippines). At 06:00 UTC 20 Sep, it had a max sust. wind speed of 249 km/h and its center was located ca. 270 km ESE of Basco (Batanes islands, Philippines).
The Government has accepted the advice of the Disaster Relief Fund Advisory Committee and approved a grant of $1.164 million from the Disaster Relief Fund to Save the Children Hong Kong for flood victims in Uttarakhand, India.
The Government has accepted the advice of the Disaster Relief Fund Advisory Committee and approved two grants from the Disaster Relief Fund totalling $5.482 million to two relief agencies to undertake relief projects for victims of drought and flooding on the Mainland.
08/14/2013 12:42 GMT
by Joe Sinclair
HONG KONG, August 14, 2013 (AFP) - A 190-metre-long cargo ship sank off Hong Kong Wednesday in a strong typhoon that whipped up towering waves and forced much of the city to shut down, after killing six in the Philippines.
Packing winds of up to 150 kilometers (90 miles) per hour at its centre, Typhoon Utor made landfall in mainland China at 3:50 pm (0750 GMT) in the southern city of Yangjiang, the official Xinhua news agency said.