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World’s fastest growing populations increasingly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change – 4th global atlas reports


Calcutta, Dhaka, Jakarta and Manila rated ‘extreme risk’ in study of climate change vulnerability

The fourth release of Maplecroft’s Climate Change and Environment Risk Atlas includes a new Climate Change Vulnerability Index (CCVI) that analyses and maps climate change vulnerability down to 25km² worldwide. It reveals that some of the world’s fastest growing populations are increasingly at risk from the impacts of climate related natural hazards including sea level rise.

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Disasters in China leave 7,844 people dead or missing in 2010

Xinhua 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.

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Zheng Guoguang says China will invest more on meteorological disaster mitigation in the 12th Five-Year period

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. In the 12th Five-Year period meteorological disaster prevention and mitigation would still be the key task of Chinese meteorological departments and the investment would rise to 8 to 9 billion yuan.

Zheng Guoguang said that the Meteorological

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Cambodia + 7 others
Southeast Asia: Appeal No. MAA51001, 2010 - Programme Update n°2

This report covers the period 1 July to 31 December 2010

In brief

Programme purpose: To coordinate support to host national societies as they scale up their humanitarian work in line with Strategy 2020.

Programme summary: The Southeast Asia secretariat team based in Bangkok:

- Supports and guides country office teams in Cambodia/Lao PDR, Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines, Timor-Leste, Thailand, and Viet Nam;

- Provides requested technical support to the above countries as well as national societies with no secretariat

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Philippines: Appeal No. MAAPH001, 2010 - Programme Update n°2

This report covers the period 1 July to 10 December 2010

IFRC's vision is to inspire, encourage, facilitate and promote at all times all forms of humanitarian activities by National Societies, with a view to preventing and alleviating human suffering, and thereby contributing to the maintenance and promotion of human dignity and peace in the world.

In brief

Programme purpose: The disaster management programme focuses on strengthening disaster response and preparedness capacities of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) at the institutional level as well as

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China's 2010 grain output expected to rise despite floods, drought

China's grain production will increase 15.6 billion kilograms to 546.4 billion kilograms this year as farmers' per capita net income grows 10 percent to 5,800 yuan (865.7 U.S. dollars), according to a statement released at the conclusion of the central rural work conference which concluded here Wednesday.

Despite floods and drought, the country's grain production will increase for the seventh consecutive year, according to the statement.

Vice premier Hui Liangyu attended the annual central rural work conference, which mapped out policies for next

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Over 4,000 Chinese dead or missing in floods this year: govt

Xinhua 2010-12-07 23:14:56

LANZHOU, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- Floods caused by torrential rains and tropical cyclones have left at least 3,222 people killed and 1,003 others missing across China in the first eleven months of this year, government statistics released Tuesday show.

"In 2010, China experienced the worst flooding casualties and damage since 1998," Water Resources Minister Chen Lei said during a national drought and flooding relief workshop held in the northwest city of Lanzhou.

Further, the average accumulated rainfall

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Natural Disasters and Household Welfare: Evidence from Vietnam

World Bank
As natural disasters hit with increasing frequency, especially in coastal areas, it is imperative to better understand how much natural disasters affect economies and their people. This requires disaggregated measures of natural disasters that can be reliably linked to households, the first challenge this paper tackles. In particular, a methodology is illustrated to create natural disaster and hazard maps from first hand, geo-referenced meteorological data. In a second step, the repeated cross-sectional national living standard measurement surveys (2002, 2004,
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More than 80 mln disaster-hit Chinese need grain rations for winter

Xinhua, 2010-11-18 18:06:44

BEIJING, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) -- A total of 81.37 million Chinese in areas battered by natural disasters will need food support to see them through the winter-spring period, figures from the Ministry of Civil Affairs show.

A statement from the ministry Thursday said the number of people in disaster-hit areas was 25 percent more this year than the average figure for the past 20 years.

As well as food, about 20 million are in need of clothes or heating.

The ministry called this year "one

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China + 4 others
East Asia Region: Revised Plan 2011 (MAA5400111)

Executive summary

In the context of the Asia Pacific zone's demographic, socio-economic and environmental trends, the East Asia region is at high risk from a wide range of disasters and health emergencies.

There are five nations within the East Asia region: China, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), the Republic of Korea (RoK), Mongolia and Japan. The countries in the region are plagued with both the threat of major earthquakes and flooding, which recently has intensified caused by changing climate and typhoons, and the

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China earmarks 150 mln yuan for rebuilding schools in disaster-hit areas

BEIJING, Oct. 28 (Xinhua) -- China's Ministry of Finance (MOF) said Thursday it has earmarked 150 million yuan (22.4 million U.S. dollars) for the Ministry of Education to rebuild primary and middle schools in natural disaster-affected areas.

The funds will be disbursed to 11 provinces -- Hainan, Liaoning, Jilin, Heilongjiang, Zhejiang, Shandong, Jiangxi, Henan, Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu -- that have been hit by torrential rains, floods and mudslides in recent months, the MOF circular posted on the ministry's website said.

It is the second round of funding for

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Philippines: Natural Hazard Profile (as of 23 Oct 2010)

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Philippines braces as Megi becomes super typhoon

17 Oct 2010 10:35:04 GMT

* Super typhoon bearing down on northern Philippines

* Could halve rice harvest - Cagayan governor

* Evacuations begin; landfall expected by 8 a.m. (0000 GMT) (Updates with expected arrival/exit time, quote, details)

By Manny Mogato

MANILA, Oct 17 (Reuters) - A super typhoon bore down on the northeastern Philippines on Sunday packing winds of more than 250 kph (155), and evacuations began before it makes landfall on Monday morning.

Typhoon Megi would be felt on Sunday night in the north of the main island Luzon, a rice and corn growing area,

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Typhoon Megi gains strength as it nears Philippines

16 Oct 2010 05:23:23 GMT

MANILA, Oct 16 (Reuters) - Typhoon Megi was gathering strength as it moved towards the north of the Philippines' main island of Luzon on Saturday, and the government moved emergency workers and relief goods to rice- and corn-production areas.

A category 3 typhoon with winds of 140 kph (85 mph), Megi was about 980 km (610 miles) east of northern Luzon and moving at 20 kph west northwest towards northern Cagayan province, said Nathaniel Servando, a weather bureau official.

"So far, this would be the strongest

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Philippines: Kalinga barangays allot food-for-work share to eradicate dengue

by Larry Lopez

Tabuk, Kalinga (3 September) -- Joining the multi-sectoral fight against dengue, some barangays in the province allotted their food-for-work appropriation for the clearing of canals and water passages to eradicate possible breeding places of mosquitoes.

Imelda Polig, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Cordillera Regional Representative to Kalinga, said many barangays of this town and in Balbalan municipality utilized their food-for-work allocation for the cleaning of breeding places of dengue-carrying mosquitoes.

Polig said the DSWD program committee

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PHILIPPINES: Bracing for La Niña

MANILA, 1 September 2010 (IRIN) - The Philippines is bracing for severe flooding over the next few months as a result of the La Niña weather effect, which is expected to whip up heavy storms. Some specialists are saying the country is not adequately prepared.

With the country's infrastructure and emergency safety mechanisms still reeling from the effects of Tropical Storm Ketsana [


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China: Floods DREF operation n° MDRCN004

GLIDE n=B0 FL-2010-000122-CHN

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross and Red Crescent emergency response. The DREF is a vital part of the International Federation's disaster response system and increases the ability of National Societies to respond to disasters.

CHF 493,628 (USD 467,849 or EUR 360,410) has been allocated from the IFRC's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF)

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Impacts of climate change on agriculture and policy options for adaptation - The case of Vietnam

Vietnam is likely to be among the countries hardest hit by climate change, mainly through rising sea levels and changes in rainfall and temperatures. Agriculture can be extensively affected by climate change, and designing effective adaptation strategies will be critical for maintaining food security, rural employment, and foreign exchange earnings. This paper examines these critical issues and thereby makes two contributions to the literature. First, we estimate the impacts of climate change on agricultural and water systems in Vietnam based on crop simulation, hydrological
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Philippines: NDCC UPDATE- Final Report re Effect of Typhoon "BASYANG" (CONSON)


C. Humanitarian Aid/Response per Cluster

Food and Non Food Items

President Aquino together with DSWD-NCR staff visited the evacuees at the Baseco and Delpan Sports Complex in Manila on July 14, 2010 & distributed 174 family packs and 174 Saudi mats.

The DSWD- CO provided PhP1,217,026.00 worth of relief assistance in Regions III, IV-A & V; pre-positioned PhP106.14M standby funds and PhP135.78M worth of relief supplies in all DSWD Field Offices in Regions III, IV-A, V, NCR and DSWD National Resource