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Australia + 9 others
UNHCR Global Appeal 2014-2015 - East Asia and the Pacific subregional overview

Overview

Working environment

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.

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Philippines + 1 other
Hong Kong adds $5.16 million in funds for Philippines aid

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.

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Typhoon Usagi situation report (2)

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.

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Typhoon Usagi situation report (3)

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.

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Severe Typhoon Usagi situation report (1)

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.

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Flight chaos as major typhoon bears down on Hong Kong

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.

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Super typhoon lashes Philippines, Taiwan, heads for Hong Kong

Super Typhoon Usagi battered Southern Taiwan, leaving tens of thousands without power after claiming at least two lives in the Philippines as it barrelled towards Hong Kong.

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Super Typhoon Usagi on path of destruction

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.

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Philippines, China - Tropical Cyclone USAGI (20 September 2013)

  • 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).

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India + 1 other
Grant approved for flood victims in India

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.

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China + 1 other
Grants approved for drought and flood victims on the Mainland

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.

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Cargo ship sinks as Typhoon Utor hits Hong Kong

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.

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Severe typhoon hits Hong Kong

08/14/2013 04:40 GMT

HONG KONG, August 14, 2013 (AFP) - Hong Kong battened down Wednesday as Severe Typhoon Utor forced the closure of the city's financial market and schools and disrupted hundreds of flights, after leaving six dead in the Philippines.

Gusts of more than 100 kilometres (62 miles) per hour were recorded, with rain lashing down, as the Hong Kong Observatory issued a "Number 8" storm warning -- the third highest level.

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China + 1 other
Further grant approved for earthquake victims in the Mainland

The Government has accepted the advice of the Disaster Relief Fund Advisory Committee and approved today (May 16) a grant of $2.5 million from the Disaster Relief Fund to the Adventist Development and Relief Agency, China to provide emergency relief to the earthquake victims in Sichuan.

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China + 1 other
HK approves 21 mln HKD for Sichuan quake relief

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HONG KONG, May 3 (Xinhua) -- The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government has approved five grants totalling 21.718 million HK dollars (about 2.8 million U.S. dollars) to five relief agencies undertaking relief projects for earthquake victims in Sichuan.

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China + 1 other
Sichuan school not in danger

Lushan County Junior Secondary School in Sichuan, a Hong Kong funded reconstruction project, suffered no major damage during the weekend's earthquake, and its buildings have not been declared dangerous.

In response to media reports on the school, the Government today said Sichuan authorities found only part of the non-load-bearing walls were damaged.

The Sichuan side will inform Hong Kong of assessment results when repairs are completed.

Works for the school in Ya'an met the Mainland's inspection requirements before the facility went into operation.

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China + 1 other
SAR Government to provide relief and financial assistance for earthquake victims in Sichuan Ya'an

In view of the serious injuries and loss of lives caused by the earthquake in Ya'an City of Sichuan Province, the Chief Executive, Mr C Y Leung, today (April 22) announced that the Government would propose to the Finance Committee (FC) of the Legislative Council an injection of $100 million to the Disaster Relief Fund for donation to the Provincial Government of Sichuan as contribution to their relief work. The Government has already obtained the agreement of the FC Chairman, Mr Tommy Cheung, to convene a special meeting as soon as possible to examine the proposal.

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Haiti + 37 others
Successful Caribbean test demonstrates progress in regional tsunami readiness

Over 44,000 people from 30 Members States and 15 of the territories* in the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions participated in the second full scale regional tsunami exercise held on March 20, 2013.

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China + 3 others
CPPCC advisor hopes for unified early warning signals

Source:China Meteorological News Press

Yang Xiaohua, member of National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) from Hong Kong hopes to see unified early warning signals of natural disasters among mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan.

Yang has worked in Beijing in 1980s and traveled a lot between mainland, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. In face of extreme weather, he always felt troublesome because of different warning signals of same weather in these regions.

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Grants approved for earthquake victims in the Mainland

The Government has accepted the advice of the Disaster Relief Fund Advisory Committee and approved two grants from the Disaster Relief Fund totalling $2.838 million to two relief agencies to undertake relief projects for earthquake victims in Yunnan.

Announcing the grants today (October 4), a government spokesman said that the Committee hoped the two grants - $2.418 million to CEDAR Fund and $0.42 million to Social Workers Across Borders - would help provide relief to earthquake victims in Yunnan.