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.
An earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale took place in Ludian County of Zhaotong Prefecture, Yunnan Province on 3 August, 2014. About 4,000 people were killed or injured, with more than 210,000 houses collapsed or seriously damaged. Hong Kong Red Cross (HKRC) completed all relief activities in September 2014. It is expected that our reconstruction projects will be completed by the end of this year. The total number of beneficiaries is estimated at 200,000 person-times.
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Further to the last situation update , Somalia continues to be one of the worst-affected countries, as forecast by the Famine Early Warning Systems (FEWS) Network and the International Red Cross, famine is likely to be declared in late 2017 in the state of Puntland, Somaliland and South West, Somalia.