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Over 88,900 killed, missing in natural disasters in China in 2008: report

Report
Xinhua
BEIJING, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- More than 88,900 people were killed or went missing in natural disasters in China in 2008, and about 470 million people were affected, according to a government report Wednesday.

More than 26.82 million people were relocated and the total direct economic loss was put at 1,175.24 billion yuan (172.16 billion U.S. dollars), according to a report issued by the Ministry of Civil Affairs.

The great losses were due to successive unprecedented large-scale natural disasters that had swept much of the

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China: Floods Appeal No. MDRCN002 Final Report

Period covered by this Final Report: 30 July 2007 to 30 July 2008.

Appeal target: CHF 9,462,000 (USD 7,692,683 or EUR 5,710,320)

Appeal coverage: 26%

Appeal history:

- Launched on 30 July 2007 for CHF 9,462,000 for 12 months to assist 400,000 beneficiaries.

- Disaster Relief Emergency Funds (DREF): CHF 240,000 (USD 199,465 or EUR 146,468) was initially allocated from the Federation's DREF to support the national society to respond.

Summary: In late May 2007, torrential rains and swelling rivers devastated more than 980 countries in 24 provinces,

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$348.93 million for disaster relief outside Hong Kong in 2008-09

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (HKSARG) released $348.93 million from the Disaster Relief Fund to provide immediate relief to people in distress outside Hong Kong in the year ending March 31, 2009. In response to appeals made by various governments and international relief organisations, grants were disbursed for the early relief of victims in places outside Hong Kong which were hard-hit by major disasters.

For 2008-09, assistance was given through 15 relief projects operated by six relief organisations to help needy victims

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China: Appeal No. MAACN001 - Annual Report 2008

This report covers the period 01/01/2008 to 31/12/2008.

In brief

Programmes summary: Two major events in 2008 had a dramatic affect on the Red Cross Society of China (RCSC): the devastating earthquake of 12 May and the Olympic and Paralympic Games held in Beijing in August and September. The International Federation provided continuous support to the relief and recovery efforts of the Red Cross Society of China by coordinating International Red Cross Red Crescent support, and launching an emergency appeal of CHF 167 million based on

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China receives $12.9b in donations in 2008

Report
Xinhua
China received a total of 107 billion yuan ($12.9 billion) in donations from both home and abroad in 2008, 3.5 times the figure of 2007, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said here on Tuesday.

But the figure did not include donations from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, according to a report released by the ministry and the Zhongmin Charity Donation Information Center.

About 77 percent of the donations have already been put to use, primarily to help people affected by the snow and rain disasters in south China in January and February 2008 and the

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Insurance: Facing the threats of rising natural disasters while driving solutions to the climate change challenge

UNEP Finance Initiative Members Underline Industry Roll in Renewables to Current and Future Forest Carbon Projects

Poznan, 10 December 2008-Weather-related natural disasters are now outstripping ones linked with earthquakes by an ever widening factor, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and insurers said today.

Thomas Loster, chair of Munich Re Foundation and a member of UNEP's Finance Initiative, said:" Since the 1980s, earthquakes have risen by around 50 per cent but weather-related hazards such major floods have increased by as much as 350 per cent and those from

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China: Vice premier urges mitigating disasters with better meteorological services

Chinese vice premier Hui Liangyu Thursday called on the country's meteorologists to continue improving their services to better serve the society and people with more accurate forecasts of catastrophic weather and disasters.

Hui made the remarks after offering his congratulations to individuals and groups that were honored here Thursday for their outstanding meteorological services on major occasions this year, such as the the winter blizzards at the beginning of the year, the May earthquake, the Olympics and Paralympics, and the country's space mission.

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OCHA Natural Disaster Bulletin No. 9 - November 2008

ASSISTANT-SECRETARY-GENERAL AND DEPUTY EMERGENCY RELIEF COORDINATOR - CATHERINE BRAGG

On 13 September 2007, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Kimoon appointed Catherine Bragg of Canada as Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Ms. Bragg has been the Director-General of the Humanitarian Assistance, Peace and Security Programme in the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) since 2004. She is the Chair of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Donor Support Group

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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China: Plan 2009 - 2010 (MAACN001)

Executive summary

The People's Republic of China, with a population of 1.3 billion people, is by far the most populous country in the world, and has both one of the most dynamic and fastest growing economies, while at the same time very marked disparities in income distribution, health status and other vulnerability indicators. While many view China's hosting of the 2008 Olympics as a sign of its emergence onto the international scene, the people of China still continue to face many economic, environmental and health challenges that threaten their wellbeing. Extreme poverty remains

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China: Plan 2009 - 2010 (MAACN001)

Executive summary

The People's Republic of China, with a population of 1.3 billion people, is by far the most populous country in the world, and has both one of the most dynamic and fastest growing economies, while at the same time very marked disparities in income distribution, health status and other vulnerability indicators. While many view China's hosting of the 2008 Olympics as a sign of its emergence onto the international scene, the people of China still continue to face many economic, environmental and health challenges that threaten their wellbeing.

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China improves power network to better prepare against natural disasters

Report
Xinhua
BEIJING, Oct 14, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) -- China will speed up the enhancement of its power grid to better prepare against the looming winter, as the specter of devastating snowstorms the country experienced earlier this year still lingers, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said Tuesday.

Zhang Guobao, vice director of the NDRC, the country's top economic planner, said faced with increasing natural disasters, such as the severe snowstorms and earthquakes, greater challenges were imposed on the safety and stability of the power system.

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Overseas Chinese donations exceed 1.5 bln yuan for snow, quake zones

BEIJING, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- Donations for snow-ravaged and earthquake-hit areas of China from overseas Chinese exceeded 1.5 billion yuan (219 million U.S. dollars), said the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council on Sunday.

Office Director, Li Haifeng, revealed the figure at a meeting honoring outstanding donations for earthquake relief as well as money sent in to help during the severe winter weather in south China at the beginning of 2008.

Apart from donations of cash and relief supplies, some overseas Chinese voluntarily rushed to the disaster zone

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China: Annual Appeal No. MAACN001 Programme Update No. 1

This report covers the period 01/01/08 to 30/06/08.

In brief

Programmes summary: In the first half of 2008, China was hit by a number of serious disasters, the most devastating of which was the 8.0 magnitude earthquake to hit Sichuan, Gansu and Shaanxi. Severe cold weather and snow storms also greatly affected the nation during the Chinese New Year holiday, and flooding from torrential rains and typhoons continue to threaten much of the southern regions now. The Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) has reacted swiftly to all these

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Financial report on the Tabung Bencana Kementerian Luar Negeri on donations received for victims of the snowstorm and earthquake in China and Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar

The financial report of the Tabung Bencana Kementerian Luar Negeri is hereby published to disseminate information of the account of the donations received from the public for victims of the snowstorm and earthquake which hit China in 2008 and for victims of the Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar.

The total contribution for victims of the snowstorm in China, amounted to RM1,109,398.59. This contribution received from the public consisted of donation and collection from the local media, as follows;

i) Joint effort by the Ministry of Information and Sin Chew Jit Poh: -RM646,280.34

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China's summer grain output likely exceeds 120 mln tons, Agri Minister says

Report
Xinhua
BEIJING, Jun 22, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) -- China's crop output is forecast to exceed 120 million tons this summer, 2.5 million tons more than a year ago, Agriculture Minister Sun Zhengcai said here on Sunday.

This would mark the fifth consecutive summer of bumper harvest for the first time since the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, Sun said during a countryside tour in Beijing.

Rapeseed output was expected to rise by more than 400,000 tons to 11.85 million tons, reversing a declining streak for three consecutive years.

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$272.34 million released for disaster relief outside Hong Kong in 2007-08

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (HKSARG) released $272.34 million from the Disaster Relief Fund to provide immediate relief to people in distress outside Hong Kong in the year ending March 31, 2008.

In response to appeals made by governments and international relief organisations, grants were disbursed for the early relief of victims in places outside Hong Kong hard-hit by major disasters.

For 2007-08, assistance was given through 22 relief projects operated by seven relief organisations to help needy

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Crop prospects and food situation - No. 2, Apr 2008

HIGHLIGHTS

- World cereal production in 2008 is forecast to increase 2.6 percent to a record 2 164 million tonnes. The bulk of the increase is expected to be in wheat following significant expansion in plantings in major producing countries. Coarse grains output is tentatively forecast to remain around the bumper level of last year. Rice production is foreseen to increase slightly reflecting production incentives in several Asian countries. However, much will depend on climatic conditions in the coming months.

- Should the expected growth in 2008

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China: Hong Kong Red Cross raised HKD100 million - Snowstorm operation enters the rehabilitation phase

(Hong Kong29 April 2008) In response to the China snowstorm early this year, the Hong Kong Red Cross has utilized HKD20 million in emergency relief phase to provide relief items to approximately 210,000 people in 12 affected provinces. Staffs were dispatched to many disaster-struck provinces to distribute relief materials, and to assess the disaster situation and reconstruction needs.

Hong Kong Red Cross is now focusing our work on recovery and rehabilitation. Over HKD40 million will be utilized for 10 worst-hit provinces and autonomous regions (including Hunan, Hubei,

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Heavy snowfall buries China: ADRA responds

Silver Spring, Maryland -- When dangerous snow storms devastated China's central, southern, and southwestern regions this winter, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) responded immediately, providing emergency relief assistance for nearly 5,000 survivors in Huoshan, one of the areas most severely affected by the storm in the province of Anhui, in eastern China.

Heavy snowfall, sleet, and ice caused severe damage throughout 19 provinces of China during the month of January. Considered to be the worst storm in 50 years, government officials estimated

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OB China helps snowstorm victims prepare for spring

BAO GUO Village, Hong Kong - Without a buffalo, Yang has no way to cultivate his fields when spring arrives.

The 68-year-old is usually happy to see spring arrive, but this year is different. Snow storms that blanketed central and southern China during January and February not only left a trail of destruction in their path, but also economic devastation.

Government officials report the snowfall is the largest in more than 50 years and estimate economic loss at $11 billion to date.

For Yang, the snowstorms robbed him of