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08 Aug 2011 description
report Xinhua

ZHOUQU, Gansu, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- Thousands of people gathered Monday morning and stood in silence to mourn more than 1,500 people killed in a mudslide in northwest China's Zhouqu County exactly one year ago.

At around 9 a.m., government officials and residents presented flowers at an 8.8-meter-high monument built to commemorate the victims of the Aug. 8, 2010 mudslide.

The monument, surrounded by a wall bearing the names of all of the victims, was built on the former site of the village of Yueyuan. The village was completely destroyed by the mudslide.

22 Jul 2011 description
report Xinhua

English.news.cn 2011-07-22 05:52:58

BEIJING, July 21 (Xinhua) -- Various kinds of disasters in China left 7,844 people dead or missing and affected a total of 430 million persons last year, according to a report issued by the Ministry of Civil Affairs on Thursday.

The disasters in 2010 also resulted in direct economic losses of 533.99 billion yuan (82.72 billion U.S. dollars), the report said.

The country witnessed multiple serious disasters, including the severe earthquake in Qinghai's Yushu and the landslide in Gansu's Zhouqu, the report said.

06 Jun 2011 description

Geneva/Oslo, 6 June 2011 – Over 42 million people across the world were forced to flee due to disasters triggered by sudden‐onset natural hazards in 2010, according to a new study by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)’s Geneva‐based Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC). In 2009, 17 million people were displaced by such disasters, and 36 million in 2008.

31 May 2011 description

On May 30, China Meteorological Administration (CMA) held a report meeting on drought relief of 7 provinces in the middle and lower reaches of Yangtze River valley further summarizing and deploying meteorological service work for drought relief.

Zheng Guoguang, Administrator of CMA, chaired the meeting and emphasized that all levels of meteorological departments should pay high attention to the issue and coordinate actively to do a good job of service for drought situation monitor, forecast and warning. Drought relief and flood control both should be put as top priority.

26 May 2011 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

In spite of the drought conditions the current winter wheat harvest is estimated at 114 million tonnes just shy of the record levels in 2009 and in 2010

A record cereal harvest was obtained in 2010 in spite of floods in parts of the country

Basic food prices continue to rise

14 May 2011 description

This report covers the period from 1 January to 31 December 2010.

In brief

Programmes summary:

The IFRC’s East Asia regional office serves to support and build capacities within the national societies of the East Asia region. The region includes China, Mongolia, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Republic of Korea, and Japan. The IFRC has programmes that support the national societies in China, Mongolia and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

04 May 2011 description
report World Bank

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Urban flooding is an increasingly important issue. Disaster statistics appear to show flood events are becoming more frequent, with medium-scale events increasing fastest. The impact of flooding is driven by a combination of natural and human-induced factors.

03 May 2011 description

This report covers the period from 1 January to 30 December 2010.

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31 Mar 2011 description
report Xinhua

In the past two years, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) and the People's Armed Police Force (PAPF) have engaged a total of 1.845 million troop deployments in disaster relief operations, says a white paper on national defense on Thursday.

They have rescued or evacuated a total of 1.742 million people, rush-transported 303,000 tonnes of goods, dredged 3,742 km of waterways, dug 4,443 wells, and fortified 728 km of dikes and dams, says the white paper, issued by the Information Office of the State Council.

As stipulated by China's Constitution and laws, an important task …

22 Mar 2011 description
report World Bank

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Beijing, March 22, 2011 - On Monday specialists convened at the China Center for Economic Research (CCER) for the China launch of a joint World Bank-United Nations report showing how preventive measures can lower vulnerability to natural hazards such as earthquakes, storms, floods and droughts.

02 Mar 2011 description
report Xinhua

Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang on Tuesday stressed saving and protecting water resources in building the South-to-North Water Diversion Project into a quality system, following the requirements of accelerating building a resources-efficient and environmentally-friendly society.

Saving and protecting water resources is the core in building the project, Li said, while chairing a meeting of the South-to-North Water Diversion Project Construction Commission of the State Council.

China's northern regions suffer serious water shortages and the project is a strategic way to optimize …

01 Mar 2011 description

On March 1, when interviewed by the media, Zheng Guoguang, Administrator of China Meteorological Administrator (CMA), said that in this year's annual meetings of National People's Congress (NPC) and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) he would put forward to make meteorological disaster prevention law.

25 Feb 2011 description
report Xinhua

Natural disasters in China left 104,000 people dead or missing from 2005 to 2010, the greatest number of such fatalities in a five-year period since the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, a vice minister of civil affairs has said.

Vice Minister of Civil Affairs Luo Pingfei told a national meeting on disasters reduction and relief that opened in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province, Thursday that disasters in the past five years caused an aggregate economic loss of 2.5 trillion yuan (about 378.8 billion U.S.

14 Feb 2011 description

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On 8 August 2010, a massive mudslide which battered Zhouqu county of Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Gansu province caused a death toll of 1,481, with another 284 people missing. It affected more than 47,000 people, forcing them to evacuate to schools or to live with their relatives.

RCSC mobilized donations from all its branches, valued at approximately CNY 42.12 million (CHF 3.66 million) for emergency relief.

01 Feb 2011 description

On Jan. 29, the Decision of Central Committee of CPC and State Council to Step up the Development and Reform of Water Conservancy was released, which is the 8th No. 1 document of the Central government on agriculture, farmer and rural areas since the 21th century. The document puts forward to enhance emergency response capabilities on flood control and drought relief, strengthen capabilities on monitoring, early warning, scientifically develop water resources in the air and promote the construction of hydrological and meteorological infrastructure to enhancing service level.

27 Jan 2011 description
report Xinhua

BEIJING, Jan. 27 (Xinhua) -- China Thursday allocated 1.039 billion yuan (157 million U.S.

26 Jan 2011 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBOURG, 26 janvier 2011 (IRIN) - En 2010, cinq des catastrophes les plus désastreuses, en termes de morts, de biens matériels et d'infrastructures, ont eu lieu en Asie. Investir dans la planification en prévision des catastrophes pourrait grandement contribuer à limiter le nombre de victimes, ont dit les experts.

« Les catastrophes en Asie sont principalement dues aux inondations et dans une moindre mesure, aux tempêtes.

25 Jan 2011 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 25 January 2011 (IRIN) - In 2010, five of the most devastating disasters, measured in loss of lives, goods and infrastructure, occurred in Asia. Investing in disaster planning could go a long way to keeping the number of casualties down, experts said.

"Disasters in Asia are largely due to floods and, in the second instance, storms.