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10 Dec 2017 description

To assist South Asia with post disaster response due to the recent flooding and population displacements in the region, the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) of the People’s Republic of China has partnered with the United Nations Development programme (UNDP), to provide US $12 million to support early recovery efforts in Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Nepal.

20 Jul 2016 description

• Severe weather, including heavy rain, thunderstorms, hail and TC NEPARTAK, has continued to affect several areas of the country over the past month causing more floods and landslides.
• According to national authorities, as of 19 July, the death toll due to the recent floods and landslides, has reached 295 people, 47 are still missing, over 499 200 have been evacuated and over 536 500 buildings have been partially damaged or destroyed in several provinces of the country.

12 Jul 2016 description

• TC NEPARTAK made landfall along the coast of Fujian (China) on 9 July, as a Tropical Storm. Then it moved inland weakening. Heavy rains affected the areas along its path, causing floods.
• In Fujian and Jiangxi provinces (China): nine people died, at least 18 went missing, over 213 000 evacuated and over 11 400 houses damaged.
• In Taiwan: three people died and at least 300 were injured.

22 Nov 2013 description

SANHE, China, November 22 (UNHCR) – It's an unusual institute of "higher" learning, perched 26 floors above the city of Sanhe in Hebei province, China. As the teacher writes on the white board, his six students scribble intently in their notebooks. Aged from eight years to their late teens, they are unlikely classmates in this sunny attic far from home.

25 Jul 2013 description

On July 24, 2013, Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with H.E. Masood Khalid, Ambassador of Pakistan to China, and on behalf of the Chinese government, accepted the humanitarian donation of one million U.S. dollars from the government of Pakistan to the earthquake stricken area in China.

07 Sep 2012 description

Security analysts have often characterised the phenomenon of hydroelectric dam construction in the Hindu Kush-Himalaya (HKH) region as a zero-sum game. Most notably, they perceive China’s dam-building to be part of a calculated strategy aimed at exerting control over this resource at the expense of other riparian countries. This NTS Insight argues that this view is inaccurate. In the case of the transboundary rivers shared by China and South Asia, China’s dam-building is, more than anything else, driven by the need to ensure economic growth, and thus its political and social stability.

12 Oct 2011 description

(Shanghai/New York, 12 October 2011): Asia and the Pacific’s most experienced emergency responders have gathered in Shanghai, China to look at strengthening disaster response and preparedness.

Up to 100 disaster management professionals from 25 countries in Asia and the Pacific as well as representatives from the United Nations, the Federation of Red Cross/Red Crescent Societies and international NGOs are participating in the region’s fourth Regional Humanitarian Partnership Meeting.

22 Sep 2011 description

Chinese authorities continue to respond aggressively to a polio outbreak in the western part of the country, in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

Following the initial immunization campaign held on 8-12 September and targeting 3.8 million children, vaccination was expanded to persons aged between 15 and 39 years after the identification of polio cases in adults. To date 10 polio cases have been reported; 6 in children under 3 years of age and 4 in young adults – one person has died.

29 Jul 2011 description

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Cote d'Ivoire: Displacement continues due to ongoing insecurity

28 Jun 2011 description

Over 10 million people from Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Uganda will be severely affected by severe drought, with no likelihood of improvement until 2012, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of humanitarian Affairs warned in an alert yesterday.

The Alert also flagged that 2010-2011 has been the driest period in 60 years with the price of grain in affected areas in Kenya already 30 to 80 per cent more than the five year average.

23 Jun 2011 description

Colombo/Brussels, 23 June 2011: India needs to push Sri Lanka harder towards steps that will avert a return to violent conflict on the island.

27 Apr 2011 description

sted in Issue 115 - April 2011 News from PAHO/WHO

In December 2010, 26 experts from the international humanitarian community met in Cuba to discuss the use of field hospitals and foreign medical teams during emergency situations. The meeting was organized by PAHO/WHO and included representatives from international organizations, NGOs, and other interested parties coming from the Americas, Europe, Australia, the Middle East, and other regions.

31 Mar 2011 description

High food prices prevented nearly 20 million people emerge from poverty in Asia and the Pacific

ESCAP study warns food inflation can delay MDG 1 achievement by 5 years

Bangkok (UN ESCAP Information Services) - High food prices prevented 19.4 million people in the Asia-Pacific region from climbing out of poverty last year and persisting food and oil inflation can keep up to an extra 42 million people poor in the region, a new United Nations study released today said.

An assessment by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) warns that rising …

03 Feb 2011 description
report AlertNet

10 Feb 2011 13:29

Source: alertnet // Thin Lei Win

BANGKOK (AlertNet) - Governments in Asia and the Pacific must prepare for the possibility of millions of people fleeing their homes as a result of changing weather patterns or face dealing with the humanitarian crises associated with such large-scale migration, according to a draft report by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) released this week.

The region faces particular threats from climate change-related sea level rise and storm surges, cyclones and typhoons, flooding and water stress, according to the authors of Climate Change …

22 Oct 2010 description
report UN News Service

22 October 2010 - Given their vulnerability to floods, cyclones and other extreme weather events, Asian countries must incorporate disaster risk reduction strategies into their national plans to enhance their readiness to respond to climate change, the United Nations agency tasked with minimizing the threat posed by natural disasters said today.

"Disaster risk reduction offers concrete solutions to deal with current weather variability and is an essential part of climate change adaptation," said Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster …

12 Oct 2010 description

Improving the way scientists, NGOs and policy makers work together to address natural disasters will be the focus of a one-day conference at the Royal Society in London on Wednesday, 13th of October.

Over 150 experts from the UK 'disasters community' will explore how research, policy and humanitarian sectors can combine their experience, skills and expertise to reduce the widespread loss of life and economic damage caused by natural disasters such as floods, volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis.

The event is part of the UK's contribution to the United Nations Day for …

11 Aug 2010 description

Unprecedented sequence of extreme weather events

Several regions of the world are currently coping with severe weather-related events: flash floods and widespread flooding in large parts of Asia and parts of Central Europe while other regions are also affected: by heatwave and drought in Russian Federation, mudslides in China and severe droughts in sub-Saharan Africa.

09 Aug 2010 description
  • Extreme weather events become more frequent

    * Impossible to blame warming for individual events

    * 2010 on track to be warmest year since records began

    By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent

    OSLO, Aug 9 (Reuters) - Devastating floods in Pakistan and Russia's heatwave match predictions of extremes caused by global warming even though it is impossible to blame mankind for single severe weather events, scientists say.

    This year is on track to be the warmest since reliable temperature records began in the mid-19th century, beating 1998, mainly due to a build-up of …