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06 Jul 1999 description
report Xinhua

BEIJING (July 6) XINHUA - China's top legislative body, the National People's Congress (NPC), today examined last year's use of disaster relief funds and equipment.

In 1998, floods, droughts, earthquakes and other natural disasters hit China at a cost of 300.7 billion yuan (36.3 billion U.S. dollars), and resulted in 5,511 deaths, official figures showed.

11 Jan 1999 description
report Xinhua

BEIJING (Jan. 12) XINHUA - Natural disasters in China killed 5,511 people and disrupted the lives of 350 million last year, the Ministry of Civil Affairs says.

The disasters destroyed 8 million rooms, damaged crops on 50 million ha of land, and did 300 billion yuan worth of damages, 255 billion yuan of that caused by floods, a Ministry spokesman told a press conference here today.

The Central government has allocated 8.3 billion yuan in relief funds and a large amount of relief materials for di saster-affected areas.

11 Jan 1999 description


The Disaster
On 19 November, 1998, two earthquakes measuring 5.6 and 6.2 on the Richter scale hit a rural area on the borders of Yunnan and Sichuan Provinces in south west China. Some 200 aftershocks Following the main earthquakes, occurred, causing additional damage to already weakened structures.

14 Dec 1998 description

On Friday, December 4, southwestern China was hit with an earthquake registering 5 to 6.2 on the Richter scale. The earthquake killed five people in the mountainous region on the border between the provinces of Yunnan and Sichuan. Four-thousand people were injured, and some 25,000 have been left homeless. A Doctors Without Borders team stationed in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan, set out immediately following the quake to bring aid to the stricken area. They found local hospitals - some of them damaged by the earthquake - admitting hundreds of patients every day.

02 Dec 1998 description

BEIJING, Dec 2 (Reuters) - China launched a $600,000 relief effort in southwestern Yunnan province for victims of a strong earthquake that damaged more than 1,400 homes earlier this week, state media said on Wednesday.

Provincial seismological officials also reported a series of aftershocks from the earthquake, which struck the province's northeastern city of Xuanwei on Tuesday, measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale, Xinhua news agency said.

"The province will expand relief efforts and closely monitor the situation to accurately predict aftershocks. Four aftershocks have …

30 Nov 1998 description

Kunming/New York (November 30, 1998): -- The international medical relief agency Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is sending blankets, medicine, and other emergency assistance to 10,000 victims of the Thursday, November, 19, earthquakes in a remote, mountainous region of Yunnan Province, China. The earthquakes, which left an estimated 25,000 people homeless, killed 5, and injured over 4,000 people.

30 Nov 1998 description

OCHA/GVA - 98/0355
China - Earthquake
OCHA Situation Report No. 1

26 Nov 1998 description
report Oxfam

(Oxfam Hong Kong's Reference Code - EQ981126)

26 Nov 1998 description

Kunming, November 26 - Médecins Sans Frontières is sending blankets, medicine and other emergency assistance to 10,000 victims of last Thursday's earthquakes in a remote, mountainous area in Yunnan Province. The quakes, which left an estimated 25,000 people homeless, killed 5 and injured over 4,000 people.

26 Nov 1998 description


The Disaster
At 19.31 and 19.38 on Thursday 19 November 1998, two earthquakes measuring 5.6 and 6.2 in magnitude respectively hit a rural area on the borders of Yunnan and Sichuan Province in south west China. Following the main earthquakes, 200 aftershocks reportedly hit the region, causing additional damage to already weakened structures.

20 Nov 1998 description
report Xinhua

BEIJING (Nov. 20) XINHUA - Two earthquakes that hit China's Yunnan Province last night left 211 people seriously injured, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs.

Recent information on the quake damage from the National Seismology Bureau of China says is losses are estimated at 200 million yuan.

Two quakes, measuring 5.0 and 6.2 on the Richter Scale, hit the Ninglang Yi Autonomous County at 19:31 and 19:38 respectively.

Three quakes hit the area previously on Oct. 2, 23 and 27. Combined losses from the five quakes amounts to 335 million yuan, according to the Bureau.