China: Typhoons OCHA Situation Report No. 4

Report
from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 14 Aug 2006
Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2006/0154
OCHA Situation Report No. 4
China - Typhoons

This situation report is based on information received from the United Nations Resident Coordinator's Office in Beijing.

Situation

1. Saomai, the eighth typhoon to hit China this year and the strongest in half a century, landed at Cangnan County of Wenzhou City, Zhejiang Province at 17:25 on 10 August. As of 23:00 on 13 August, close to six million people in Zhejiang, Fujian, Jiangxi and Hubei Provinces have been affected. A total of 213 people have been killed and 160 are missing. More than 1,746,000 people were evacuated to safer ground.

2. A total of 61,000 houses have collapsed and 371,000 others were damaged by Saomai. The direct economic loss caused by Saomai reached CNY 11.66 billion (approximately US$1.5 billion).

3. The breakdown of figures is as follows (all data from the National Disaster Reduction Center of China except total population figures):

Province
Total Population in 2003 (millions) National Human Development Report 2005
Number of Affected (thousands)
% age Pop. Affected
Number of Dead
Number of Missing
Number of Evacuated
Economic Loss (CHY billion)
Zhejiang
46.8
2,426
5
87
52
1,001,000
4,7
Jiangxi
42.5
1,841
4
1
-
35,200
0,54
Fujian
34.9
1,455
4
125
108
710,000
6,4
Hubei
67.7
198
0.3
-
-
327
0,01808
TOTAL
2, 194.9
5,920,000
3
213
160
1,746,527
11,65808

National Response

4. Disaster relief efforts are underway in the Saomai-hit areas. Chinese Vice Premier Hui Liangyu travelled to Zhejiang and Fujian Provinces on 12 and 13 August to inspect the rescue work and visit people affected by the disaster. In accordance with the State Natural Disaster Relief Contingency Plan, the Chinese Ministry of Civil Affairs launched the third level emergency plans in Zhejiang and Fujian Provinces on 10 August in response to Saomai. Several taskforces composed of relevant ministries were dispatched to the disaster-hit areas to coordinate disaster relief efforts on the ground. No detailed figures for disaster relief efforts are available for the moment.

5. The Chinese Government has not called for international assistances specifically for Saomai. The Chinese Government welcomes any voluntary assistance from the international community.

6. OCHA is in close contact with the UN Resident Coordinator's Office in Beijing and will revert with further information as it becomes available. This situation report, together with further information on ongoing emergencies, is also available on the OCHA Internet Website at http://www.reliefweb.int.

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