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24 Nov 2014 description


Five people were killed and 54 others injured after a 6.3-magnitude earthquake in China's Sichuan Province on 22 Nov, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center. A total of 25,000 houses were damaged, affecting about 79,500 people and forcing 6,200 to relocate, according to local authorities. Among the 43 injured, six were in critical condition and another five suffering severe injuries. Eleven medical teams have reached the quake zone, and nearly 10,000 medical and epidemic prevention personnel joined the rescue efforts.

16 Sep 2014 description

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.

21 Jul 2014 description

Three days after drenching the central Philippines in flooding rains, Typhoon Rammasun smashed into southeastern China and was still headed for northeastern Vietnam early on July 19, 2014. With a name meaning “thunder of God,” Rammasun approached the coast as a category 4 super typhoon and one of the strongest to hit China’s Hainan Province in 41 years.

18 Jul 2014 description


• Typhoon RAMMASUN made landfall in north-eastern Hainan, in the morning of 18 July, UTC. Previously, at 6.00 UTC, its maximum sustained wind speed was 249km/h (a “Super Typhoon” according to China Meteorological Administration - CMA).

• After landfall, RAMMASUN is expected to move north-west, over southern Guangdong and Guangxi provinces, losing some of its intensity, but remaining a Typhoon for the following 24h. Then, it is forecast to move inland, over northeastern Vietnam, weakening further.

18 Jul 2014 description

07/18/2014 13:19 GMT

BEIJING, July 18, 2014 (AFP) - The strongest typhoon to hit southern China in more than 40 years made its second landfall Friday, authorities said, after leaving a trail of destruction and at least 64 dead in the neighbouring Philippines.

Super Typhoon Rammasun hit the city of Zhanjiang in south China's Guangdong province Friday night, local meteorological authorities said, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

17 Jul 2014 description

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.

11 Nov 2013 description

11/11/2013 09:01 GMT

BEIJING, November 11, 2013 (AFP) - At least six people died after Typhoon Haiyan slashed across China's south coast and damaged hundreds of homes, state-run media said Monday.

Three pedestrians were hit by falling walls or advertising hoardings in the southern island province of Hainan, a local newspaper said. One drowned in the neighbouring Guangxi Zhuang region, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

13 Oct 2013 description
report Xinhua

BEIJING, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) -- A level three emergency response has been initiated to prevent damage by the approaching Typhoon Nari, the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters said on Saturday.

Nari is the 25th typhoon to hit China this year and is expected to cross the Xisha Islands on Oct. 14 and Hainan Island on Oct. 15. The storm packs maximum sustained winds of 120 km per hour near its center and may produce gusts of up to 150 km per hour.

The National Marine Environmental Forecasting Center has issued a yellow alert ahead of Typhoon Nari.

25 Sep 2013 description

Over the past four days, Typhoon Usagi, one of the most powerful typhoons to strike the Asia Pacific this year, has brought heavy rains, flash floods and landslides to the Philippines and China, claiming the lives of over 50 people.

In the Philippines, continuous rains since Sunday prompted the evacuation of thousands of families as floodwaters submerged houses in parts of Bataan and Zambales provinces. To date, 33 people have been killed as a result of floods and landslides, while hundreds were left stranded on rooftops.

12 Sep 2013 description

By J. Jackson Ewing and Zhang Hongzhou


After decades of near self-sufficiency, China is becoming the world’s largest importer of rice. What does this mean for greater Asia?


CHINA IS on track to overtake Nigeria as the world’s largest rice importer by late 2013. Once a major rice exporter, China is now taking a position in the rice market that many have predicted and some lamented: that of an importing behemoth with a voracious appetite. This shift will likely impact regional food security calculations for decades to come.

15 Aug 2013 description

08/15/2013 16:00 GMT

BEIJING, August 15, 2013 (AFP) - Three people are confirmed dead, five are missing and tens of thousands were evacuated as Typhoon Utor battered south China with strong winds and torrential rain, state media said Thursday.

More than one million people in Guangdong province have been affected by heavy rain and floods, Xinhua news agency quoted the provincial flood control headquarters as saying.

04 Mar 2013 description

1 . China - A 5.2M earthquake has struch Yunnan province of China. According to media reports, 30 were injured, 700 homes collapsed and 2,500 homes were damaged.

Source: GDACS, PDC, Media

2 . Thailand - Flooding has killed 1 and affected over 7,800 in Narathiwat province. A request for international assistance is very unlikely.

Source: DMPD, Media

21 Jun 2012 description

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (HKSARG) released $41.53 million from the Disaster Relief Fund in the year ending March 31, 2012 to support government authorities and various relief organisations in providing early relief to victims of major disasters which occurred outside Hong Kong.

21 Mar 2012 description

By Patrick Fuller

Human waste, water scarcity and food production might not seem to be mutually compatible, yet, in southern China the Red Cross has been supporting a sanitation programme with a difference that is taking an environmentally-friendly approach towards improving the health of the local population while also boosting food security in some of the poorest areas of the country.

12 Oct 2011 description

(Shanghai/New York, 12 October 2011): Asia and the Pacific’s most experienced emergency responders have gathered in Shanghai, China to look at strengthening disaster response and preparedness.

Up to 100 disaster management professionals from 25 countries in Asia and the Pacific as well as representatives from the United Nations, the Federation of Red Cross/Red Crescent Societies and international NGOs are participating in the region’s fourth Regional Humanitarian Partnership Meeting.

30 Sep 2011 description

HANOI — Thousands of people in Vietnam sought shelter as a powerful tropical storm barrelled towards its northern coast on Friday, after killing 43 people in the Philippines and slamming into southeast China.

Beijing, which had issued its first red typhoon alert of the year, downgraded Typhoon Nesat to a "strong tropical storm" as it slowed at sea, after forcing 300,000 people to evacuate on the tropical island of Hainan.