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18 Aug 2017 description
report Xinhua

CHANGSHA, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- Continuous rainfall in central China's Hunan Province since last Friday has claimed the lives of four people and more than 750,000 suffered losses, local authorities said Thursday.

Heavy rain battered more than 193 townships in Hunan. More than 1,000 houses collapsed, and 43,160 hectares of crops were damaged, according to the provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters The local government has evacuated around 88,500 people.

16 Aug 2017 description

More than 9 million people already displaced globally in 2017

August 2017 (Geneva)

Conflict, violence and disasters have caused more than 9 million new internal displacements globally in the first half of 2017, according to new estimates released today by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC).

Of the 9.1 million new internal displacements, 4.6 million were caused by conflict, a figure which is already two-thirds of last year’s total. The countries with the highest new internal displacement by conflict are:

16 Aug 2017 description
report Xinhua

Editor: Mengjie

NANNING, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- Six people have died and one remains missing following days of torrential rain in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, civil affairs authorities said Tuesday.

The casualties were reported in Rongshui and Rongan counties where continued rain since Saturday has triggered landslides and house collapses, the region's civil affairs department said in a statement.

As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, over 4,000 residents had been evacuated due to flooding in 15 counties and districts, the statement said.

15 Aug 2017 description
report Xinhua

HOHHOT, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- At least seven people were killed after a series of rainstorms swept north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region over the weekend, the local government reported Monday.

Torrential rain began falling in northeastern Inner Mongolia Friday, bringing in hail and a sudden cyclone. The storms had caused seven fatalities as of 9 a.m. Monday in six cities, including Hohhot, Chifeng and Tongliao.

More than 2,000 residents were evacuated, and over 1,600 houses collapsed or were damaged.

15 Aug 2017 description
report Xinhua

Editor: Mengjie

CHANGSHA/NANNING, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- Heavy rain in China's Hunan Province and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region has claimed the lives of nine people and left one missing, local authorities said Monday.

Continuous rainfall in central China's Hunan since last Friday had left three dead and one missing as of 4 p.m. Monday, according to the provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters.

About 1,000 houses had collapsed, over 48,800 people were evacuated, and 27,290 hectares of crops were damaged.

14 Aug 2017 description
report Xinhua

CHANGSHA, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- Days of torrential rain forced 48,000 residents to evacuate in central China's Hunan Province, authorities said Sunday.

Heavy rain had battered the northern part of the province since Friday, disrupting the lives of 200,000 people in 62 townships in counties including Pingjiang, Yueyang and Fenghuang, said a statement issued by the provincial flood control and disaster relief headquarters.

As of 6 p.m. Sunday, 413 houses had been destroyed and 10,600 hectares of crops had been damaged in the province, said the statement.

14 Aug 2017 description
report Hong Kong Red Cross

Since May 2017, continuous rainstorms, hailstorms and typhoons have caused severe floods and landslides in more than 10 provinces or prefectures in the Mainland, including Hunan, Jiangxi, Guizhou, Guangxi and Jilin. More than 14 million people were affected, over than 1.3 million people were evacuated. More than 20,000 houses collapsed, with an economic loss of over RMB20 billion.

13 Aug 2017 description
report Xinhua

Editor: Xiang Bo

BEIJING, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese central government has allocated 70 million yuan (about 10.5 million U.S. dollars) to facilitate flood relief work in the northwestern province of Gansu, the Ministry of Finance said Friday.

The financial aid will cover evacuation of affected locals, provide living assistance to them, rebuild damaged houses and compensate families of those killed by the floods, according to the ministry.

10 Aug 2017 description
report Save the Children

AIRFIELD, Conn. (August 8, 2017)— A 6.5 magnitude earthquake hit Jiuzhaigou in China’s Sichuan province on Tuesday night. The epicentre is close to a popular tourist resort and about 175 miles from Chengdu city. According to Chinese media, quoting the emergency response office, the earthquake has left nine dead and 164 injured, including 32 seriously. China’s National Commission for Disaster Reduction estimated that 24,000 houses are at risk of serious damage or collapse. Information is still coming through and the extent of the damage is unknown.

10 Aug 2017 description
report Xinhua

CHENGDU, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- Twenty-five people have been confirmed dead following a flash flood in southwest China's Sichuan Province, after the body of the last missing person was recovered on Wednesday.

The flash flood hit Gengdi Village in Qiaowo Township of Puge County on early Tuesday morning.

More than 200 rescue workers participated in the search for survivors.

The flood destroyed 71 houses. Several roads and bridges were also damaged.

09 Aug 2017 description
report Xinhua

BEIJING, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck a mountainous region in southwest China Tuesday night, leaving at least 13 dead and 175 others injured as rescue operations are in full swing Wednesday.

The quake zone, in Jiuzhaigou County of Sichuan Province, sits at a region that has been hit by at least three major tectonic earthquakes and other geological disasters over the past decade.

In May 2008, an 8.0-magnitude earthquake struck Wenchuan, about 200 km south of Jiuzhaigou, killing more than 80,000 people.

08 Aug 2017 description
report Xinhua

Editor: Mengjie

LANZHOU, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- One person was killed and eight others went missing after a flood in northwest China's Gansu Province, local authorities said Monday.

Rainstorms hit southeastern Gansu from Sunday evening to Monday morning, resulting in geological disasters including landslides.

Three townships in Wenxian county in the city of Longnan were affected. The rain also left roads cut off, houses collapsed or damaged, with power supply and communication interrupted.

08 Aug 2017 description
report Xinhua

Editor: Mengjie

SHENYANG, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- A rainstorm has battered northeast China's Liaoning Province since Thursday, leaving three people dead and affecting the lives of nearly 570,000 people, the provincial flood control headquarters said Monday.

Seven cities including the port city of Dalian were affected by the storm. The three victims were killed in Xiuyan county in the city of Anshan.

A total of 188,000 local residents were relocated to safety.

08 Aug 2017 description
report Xinhua

Editor: Mengjie

SHENYANG, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- Heavy rain in northeast China's Liaoning Province has killed one person and another is missing, causing a direct economic loss of about 4.2 billion yuan (620 million U.S. dollars), authorities said.

Xiuyan Man Autonomous County under Anshan City experienced heavy downpours this week, and 358,000 people suffered losses, according to Anshan publicity department. More than 1,000 houses collapsed, and bridges, roads, electricity and telecommunication facilities sustained damages.

07 Aug 2017 description

FEATURE

Myanmar

AFFECTED AREAS
Ayeyarwady, Bago, Magway and Sagaing regions

CAUSE OF DISPLACEMENT
Disaster

FIGURES
More than 130,000 new disaster displacements between 2 and 21 July

07 Aug 2017 description

JAPAN

Typhoon Noru has weakened to a Category 1 cyclone as it moves across western Japan. As of 7 August, two deaths were reported. In western Japan, an estimated 15,000 people were provided with temporary evacuation advisories as of the morning of 7 August. As the system moves slowly towards the main island of Honshu, authorities warn of a heightened risk of landslides, flooding and storm surges in the coming days.

CHINA

06 Aug 2017 description
report Xinhua

Editor: Yurou Liang

BEIJING, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- China's central government has allocated 100 million yuan (about 15 million U.S. dollars) for flood relief in the northwestern province of Shaanxi, the Ministry of Finance (MOF) said Friday.

The money will be used to help relocate and aid disaster-affected locals, rebuild damaged houses and compensate families of those killed by the floods, according to the MOF.

The funds were allocated by the MOF and the Ministry of Civil Affairs on Thursday.

06 Aug 2017 description
report Xinhua

Editor: An

BEIJING, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- The meteorological authority on Saturday warned that flash floods would likely follow torrential rain in the northeast and southwest of the country.

Parts of Qinghai, Gansu and Yunnan will likely see floods from Saturday night to Sunday night, the China Meteorological Administration (CMA) said.

Rain in these regions will be accompanied by thunder and strong winds, or hail in some areas, according to the CMA.

Local authorities were told to prepare for mud-rock flows and landslides.

03 Aug 2017 description
report Xinhua

Editor: Song Lifang

BEIJING, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) -- China's national weather observatory issued a yellow alert for rainstorms on Wednesday as heavy rain is expected in most of north China and some areas in the south over the next 24 hours.

From Wednesday to Thursday, heavy rain is expected in parts of Shandong, Tianjin, Beijing, Hebei, Inner Mongolia, Liaoning, Jilin, Heilongjiang, Hubei, Anhui, Jiangxi, Yunnan, Guangxi and Guangdong, according to the National Meteorological Center (NMC).

02 Aug 2017 description
report Xinhua

Editor: Yurou Liang

BEIJING, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) -- The central government allocated another 1 billion yuan (about 150 million U.S.dollars) to aid regions affected by natural disasters, the Ministry of Finance (MOF) said on Tuesday. The central government released over 1.3 billion yuan earlier for emergency assistance in both agricultural and natural disasters.

Since June 2017, floods and droughts have hit north and south China, with some regions severely stricken.