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TAIPEI, April 25, 2014 (AFP) - A Taiwanese court on Friday rejected a group compensation claim filed by victims of a deadly typhoon in 2009 against local authorities for alleged negligence.
A district court in the southern city of Kaohsiung ruled that the city government and a local township office did not have to pay Tw$590 million ($19.67 million) jointly sought by relatives of 175 people who died when their village was destroyed during Typhoon Morakot.
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.
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.
Mercy Relief and Filipino partners revive ecosystems for Zambales’s coastal communities with integrated livelihood, water sanitation, healthcare & ecotourism projects
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
This report covers the period from 1 January to 30 December 2009.
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.
This report covers the period from 1 January to 31 December 2009.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Representative …
Flood had caused 84.60 billion yuan (12.39 billion U.S.
22 Jan 2010 11:26:00 GMT
By Thin Lei Win
BANGKOK (AlertNet) - Name a natural disaster, any disaster.