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

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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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Full text: China's Actions for Disaster Prevention and Reduction

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Xinhua


BEIJING, May 11 (Xinhua) - The Information Office of the State Council, or China's cabinet, published a white paper titled "China's Actions for Disaster Prevention and Reduction" Monday. Following is the full text:

China's Actions for Disaster Prevention and Reduction

Information Office of the State Council of the People's Republic of China

Contents

Foreword

I. Natural Disasters in China

II. Strategic Goals and Tasks for Disaster Reduction

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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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New facility to accelerate Australia's international disaster response

A warehouse containing essential emergency relief supplies opening today will enable Australian humanitarian agencies to respond faster to disasters in the region.

Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance, Bob McMullan, today opened the Joint Emergency Stores Warehouse in Brisbane, a partnership between the Australian Government and three humanitarian relief agencies.

The joint arrangement of the facility will lower administration costs, ensuring more aid is delivered to those who need it. The warehouse will contain about 100 tonnes of supplies, valued

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China improves power network to better prepare against natural disasters

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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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China: Earthquake death toll rises to 40

The death toll in Saturday's 6.1-magnitude earthquake in Sichuan and Yunnan provinces has risen to 40 and 675 people were injured, local authorities said.

Huili county in the Liangshan Yi autonomous prefecture, the worst-hit region in Sichuan, registered five more deaths as of 8 am yesterday, raising the death toll to 32 in the province.

The publicity department of the Chuxiong Yi autonomous prefecture in Yunnan province, said one more body was retrieved on Sunday evening, taking the death toll to six there.

More than 941,000 people have been affected

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China: Planning continues in spite of weekend quakes

CHENGDU, 3rd September 2008: Habitat for Humanity China is set to start a pilot reconstruction program in Sichuan shortly in spite of two earthquakes last weekend.

Habitat for Humanity sources in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province, are working as normal.

In Yunnan, the quakes were felt in two areas where Habitat works, in Ganhaizi Miao Ethnic Village, Wuding County, Chuxiong prefecture, but there were no reports of damage. Another project site, Zhaotong City, was also unscathed.

Volunteer teams to Yunnan are continuing at present.

The weekend earthquakes in Sichuan and

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China: Earthquake in Sichuan and Yunnan Information bulletin n° 1

GLIDE EQ-2008-000146-CHN

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck the juncture of Renhe district in Panzhihua and Huili County in Liangshan prefecture at 4:30 pm local time on 30 Aug 2008. According to the China Earthquake Administration, the epicentre was about 50 km southeast of downtown Panzhihua, at 26.2 degrees northlatitude and 101.9 degrees east-longitude and at a depth of 10 km.

The earthquake jolted Huili and Panzhihua, both in Sichuan, and autonomous prefectures of Chuxiong, Dali, Lijiang and Zhaotong cities, all in Yunnan Province. Kunming, including the capital

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China: Oxfam's response on the earthquake in Panzhihua, Sichuan

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Oxfam
HONG KONG: An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter Scale hit Panzhihua in southwest Sichuan on Saturday, 30 August. Parts of Yunnan Province, which borders Sichuan, were also affected. According to the latest information, the death toll stands at 33, with 506 people injured. More than 250,000 houses are damaged and more than 150,000 people displaced.

The affected areas ofChuxiongzhou and Luquan, both in Yunnan, are two locations where Oxfam had previously been running anti-poverty projects.

OXFAM'S RESPONSE to the 30 AUGUST EARTHQUAKE

Yunnan:

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China allocates 27 mln yuan in relief fund to SW quake zone

GOV.cn Tuesday, September 2, 2008 - China allocated 27 million yuan (about 3.95 million U.S. dollars) from its central emergency relief fund to the southwestern Sichuan and Yunnan provinces ravaged by Saturday's 6.1-magnitude quake, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs on Tuesday.

The government also decided to forward 10,000 tents to the quake-hit area in Yunnan, the ministry said in a statement on its website.

The quake and aftershocks jolted Huili and Panzhihua, both in Sichuan, and the autonomous prefectures of Chuxiong,

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Hong Kong Red Cross mobilized HK$1.4million for recent earthquake relief operations in Sichuan and Yunnan

In response to an earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale that struck Panzhihua city and Huili county, Hong Kong Red Cross is transporting 538 family packs valued HKD200,000 to the needy in the most affected area Huili county in Liangshanzhou and will distribute to the victims in the coming two days.

Since one of the immediate needs is to get shelter to the people who lost their homes in the earthquake, Hong Kong Red Cross has allocated another HKD 1.2 million to purchase 706 tents for the victims in another earthquake affected area, Chuxiong of Yunnan.

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China: Red Cross on the spot as new earthquake strikes

By Red Cross Red Crescent staff in China

Red Cross Society of China swings into action after new tremors cause fresh casualties and damage in Sichaun and Yunnan provinces.

The 6.1-magnitude earthquake that jolted southwest China's Sichuan and Yunnan provinces on Saturday 30 August has killed 32 people and injured more than 400 people, according to local authorities.

More than 300 aftershocks were also monitored in the quake zone as of 05:00 on 31 August, some as high as 5.6 magnitude. All affected areas are on the southern end of the fault line that resulted

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China: 3 killed, 106 injured in Yunnan quake

At least a dozen earthquakes hit Yingjiang county in western Yunnan province, on the border with Myanmar, on Thursday, according to the China Earthquake Administration.

The Red Cross Society of China and its local branch have timely provided relief supplies worth 300,000 yuan to the affected area.

A 5.9-magnitude tremor claimed the lives of two men and one woman, leaving 106 injured, and destroyed 270 houses and damaged 3,400. The administration has dispatched 1,300 border-guard soldiers and seven experts to the quake zone, whose epicenter is 500 km

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Chinese ministries allot emergency funds to quake-hit SW province

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Xinhua
BEIJING, Aug 24, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) -- China's civil affairs and finance ministries jointly allocated 18 million yuan (about 2.6 million U.S. dollars) on Saturday to help quake-hit Yunnan Province with its relief work.

The civil affairs ministry also sent 10,000 tents to the stricken area after an initial supply of 5,000 delivered on Friday.

Three people were killed and another 117 were injured in a magnitude-5.0 tremor which jolted Yingjiang County, Dehong Autonomous Prefecture of Dai and Jingpo nationalities in the southwest

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Woman injured in SW China quake that kills three remains in danger

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Xinhua
YINGJIANG, Yunnan, Aug 24, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) -- A woman who was seriously injured in last week's quake that has killed three in southwest China's Yunnan Province was still in danger, hospital sources said on Sunday.

The woman named Cun Huidong from a village in Yingjiang County, was now being treated in Dehong Dai and Jingpo Autonomous Prefecture Hospital. She was crushed by a fallen wall in the quake and suffered serious injuries in the abdomen.

She was in a state of shock due to much bleeding when being admitted to hospital. Doctors carried out operation

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Power resumes in quake-hit southwest China villages

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Xinhua
KUNMING, Aug 23, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) -- All 191 quake-affected villages in southwest China's Yunnan Province resumed electricity supply on Saturday, according to local authorities.

The emergency headquarters for Yingjiang County earthquake said some large temporary settlement sites also had electricity.

Yingjiang was hit by a magnitude-5.0 tremor at 5:35 a.m. on Wednesday, followed by quakes with magnitudes 4.9 and 5.9 on Thursday.

Three people were killed and 117 others injured. The tremors destroyed 11,360 houses and damaged 77,747 others,

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Three fatalities amid quakes in SW China's Yunnan Province

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Xinhua
KUNMING, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- Local authorities on Friday confirmed two more people died in Thursday's 5.9-magnitude tremor in Yunnan Province, bringing the death toll to three, as a series of quakes hit the southwest China region this week.

Government officials in Dehong Dai and Jingpo Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan, did not disclose the identities of those killed

Relief efforts are under way.

China's earthquake network recorded two quakes in Yingjiang, a county on the Sino-Myanmar border, on Thursday: one 4.9-magnitude event at 8:20 p.m. and another 5.9-magnitude quake four

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Magnitude 6.0 - Myanmar-China border region


Thursday, August 21, 2008, at 12:24:31 UTC

Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude: 6.0

Date-Time: Thursday, August 21, 2008 at 12:24:31 UTC

Thursday, August 21, 2008 at 06:54:31 PM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location: 25.066°N, 97.737°E

Depth: 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program

Region: MYANMAR-CHINA BORDER REGION

Distances: 50 km (30 miles) SE of Myitkyina, Myanmar

240 km (150 miles) W of Dali, Yunnan, China

370 km (230 miles) E of Kohima, Nagaland, India