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Tzu Chi Completes Second Phase of Community for Taiwan Typhoon Victims

On October 2, the Tzu Chi Foundation held a tea party to celebrate completion of the second phase of a new community it built in south Taiwan. They built it for those who lost their homes to Typhoon Morakot in August 2009. At the ceremony, 250 homes at the Shanlin Da Ai Community, in a suburb of Kaohsiung, were handed over to their new residents, taking the total of 1,002 homes. Construction of the new homes began on March 12 this year. Attending the party to welcome the new residents were Chen Chu, Mayor of Kaohsiung City, Dr.

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Taiwan 8.8 Typhoon 2-year Commemoration

Rebuilding Hope

In 2009, Taiwan experienced the worst damage in half century by Typhoon Morakot. It claimed 699 lives. Southern Taiwan was severely hit and most areas were devastated. With the generous support from the Hong Kong public, the Hong Kong Red Cross received altogether HK$104 million designated to Taiwan Typhoon operation. Help and hope were given to the affected communities.

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Preserving nature’s gift to nurture sustainable livelihoods

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Mercy Relief

Mercy Relief and Filipino partners revive ecosystems for Zambales’s coastal communities with integrated livelihood, water sanitation, healthcare & ecotourism projects

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Child Protection in the Philippines - A situational analysis

A situation analysis on Child Protection in the Philippines commissioned by the Save the Children Child Protection Initiative (CPI ) that could be used to guide the development of child protection interventions under CPI's priority areas, which include: Children without appropriate care; Child protection in emergencies; and Child labour.

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Tzu Chi Starts 2nd Phrase of Housing Project for Typhoon Survivors

On March 12, Tzu Chi Foundation started work on the second phase of permanent housing project in southern Taiwan for survivors of Typhoon Morakot, which struck the island in August 8, 2009. It aims to move 254 families into their new homes by the second anniversary in August this year. A total of 954 families live in the first phase. Previously, all lived in mountainous areas; after the typhoon, the government designated these areas as too dangerous to live in.

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First Asia-Pacific Disaster Report Launched by ESCAP and ISDR in Icheon, Republic of Korea

Date: 26 October 2010

Press Release No: G/53/2010

Incheon, Republic of Korea (UN ESCAP Information Services) - People in the Asia-Pacific region are four times more likely to be affected by natural disasters than those in Africa and 25 times more likely than those in Europe or North America, says a UN report released here today at the Fourth Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR).

The first of its kind, the Asia-Pacific Disaster Report 2010 report (available

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700 Taiwan aborigines trapped after landslides

TAIPEI - About 700 aborigines were trapped in a remote Taiwan village after heavy rains brought by tropical storm Meranti triggered landslides, as weathermen issued a warning against the storm.

Meranti dumped over 350 millimetres (14 inches) of rain over the past 24 hours in Chinfeng, Taima and Tajen township in southeast Taiwan's Taitung county, an area still reeling from last year's devastating Typhoon Morakot.

"Since Wednesday, rain has kept falling in the area," Hsu Yu-chang, an official at the Taitung county government, told AFP.

The downpour caused landslides, cutting

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$98.91 million for disaster relief outside Hong Kong in 2009-10

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (HKSARG) released $98.91 million from the Disaster Relief Fund to provide immediate relief to people in distress outside Hong Kong in the year ending March 31, 2010. 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 2009-10, assistance was given through 19 relief projects operated by six relief organisations to help needy victims

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Asia Pacific Appeal No. MAA50001 Annual Report

In brief

This annual report focuses on the work of the Asia Pacific zone office in 2009 to provide leadership and guidance to the International Federation efforts to increase the impact of Asia Pacific national societies' humanitarian activities. 2009 has been a very busy but productive period as the zone office has responded to multiple disasters simultaneously, while carrying forward several new initiatives designed to increase the impact of its work with Asia Pacific national societies. Many national societies across the zone have maintained a high

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China: Country Plan 2009-2010 (MAACN001) Annual report

This report covers the period from 1 January to 30 December 2009.

Summary:

The Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) and the International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), while continuing to work on the recovery operation in the earthquake area since 12 May 2008, have gradually shifted focus back to the National Society's other programmes, allowing for some integration of emergency and longer-term development work in the RCSC. In the earthquake-affected communities, support for reconstruction of homes was the main focus in 2009. At the same time,

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East Asia: Sub-Zonal Plan 2009 - 2010 (MAA54001) Annual report

This report covers the period from 1 January to 31 December 2009.

Summary:

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies' (IFRC) 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 (DPRK), 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.

The IFRC continues to support the Red

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Mainland RC to donate $17.6m to Taiwan reconstruction

TAIPEI - The mainland-based Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) will donate 120 million yuan ($17.6 million) to Taiwan for reconstruction work in areas hit by the typhoon disaster last August. Hao Linna, vice president of RCSC said on Mar 25 during a visit to the island.

Hao said half of the donations would be used for infrastructure building work, including houses, schools and a bridge.

Up to 15 percent of the money would be used in setting up service centers in communities, and restoring forest cover. Also, money would go to establishing disaster prevention centers

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Philippines: Japan Commits Php13.5 Billion ODA in the areas of Policy Reform, Climate Change and Health

Japanese Ambassador Makoto Katsura and Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alberto Romulo signed and exchanged notes for two (2) ODA loans and three (3) grant aid projects on March 15, 2010 at the Department of Foreign Affairs.

The signing and exchanging of notes officially marked the appropriation of approximately 23.1 billion yen (approximately 11.8 billion pesos) for the two (2) loans, namely, the Development Policy Support Program 3 (DPSP3) and the Emergency Budget Support Japanese ODA Loan. In addition, the signing and exchanging of notes officially marked

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Philippines: Humanitarian Update Map (as of 8 Mar 2010)

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Philippines; ADB Gives GMS Skills Development Project Further $1.4 Million

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is giving further assistance to an ongoing Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) technical assistance project designed to give civil servants the skills to manage and promote regional cooperation and integration activities.

ADB is providing a $1.4 million grant from its Technical Assistance Special Fund for the fourth phase of the Phnom Penh Plan for Development Management. The People's Republic of China is providing a supplementary grant of $500,000 from its Regional Cooperation

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Typhoon Morakot: Tzu Chi Opens Village for Typhoon Survivors

On February 11, the Great Love Village built by Tzu Chi for the survivors of Typhoon Morakot is opened. The first 500 families moved in on a day of happiness and celebration, after nearly three months of intense work by thousands of people to have the homes ready for Chinese New Year, which falls on February 14.
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Earthquakes caused the deadliest disasters in the past decade

UNISDR 2010/01

Geneva - In the past decade, nearly 60 per cent of the people killed by disasters died because of earthquakes, the Center for Research on Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) revealed today in a joint press conference with the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR).

"Earthquakes are the deadliest natural hazard of the past ten years and remain a serious threat for millions of people worldwide as eight out of the ten most populous cities in the world are on earthquake fault-lines," said Margareta Wahlström, UN Special

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China says flood causes 84.60 bln yuan losses in 2009

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Xinhua
Flood had caused 84.60 billion yuan (12.39 billion U.S. dollars) direct economic losses in China last year, down 30 percent from the average level in the previous years, according to the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters (SFDH).

The figures were released at a national flood control and drought relief conference which ended Friday in Nanchang, east China's Jiangxi Province.

Flood hit 29 provinces, regions and municipalities in China, involving 131 million Mu (8.73 million hectares) of farmland and 111 million people, said Zhang Zhitong, deputy head of the General

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Disaster-prone Southeast Asia comes up with landmark pact

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AlertNet
22 Jan 2010 11:26:00 GMT

By Thin Lei Win

BANGKOK (AlertNet) - Name a natural disaster, any disaster. Be it a typhoon, earthquake, volcanic eruption, landslide or tsunami -- all 10 countries that make up Southeast Asian bloc ASEAN have experienced them all.

The region suffered 152 natural disasters in 2008 according to ASEAN, with the biggest being Cyclone Nargis which tore through Myanmar killing nearly 140,000 people.

More recently, a 7.6-magnitude earthquake hit Indonesia in October, around the same time successive typhoons battered

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Philippines: AAI Delivers High Quality Clinical Performance Training to Local Nurses

The AAI team and partners have been hard at work since arriving in Los Banos. AAI has been delivering outreach clinics and to date has delivered clinics in both the municipality of Pila and Bay, located in the Laguna district.

The team has been out doing field assessments in the Laguna district to assess the need for outreach clinics and to assess the existing health systems in each area. While some areas have recovered tremendously since water levels have receded and their homes have been rebuilt, many communities still remain affected. The loss of livelihoods