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23 Sep 2009 description
report Xinhua

BEIJING, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- More than 88,900 people were killed or went missing in natural disasters in China in 2008, and about 470 million people were affected, according to a government report Wednesday.

More than 26.82 million people were relocated and the total direct economic loss was put at 1,175.24 billion yuan (172.16 billion U.S.

11 May 2009 description
report Xinhua


BEIJING, May 11 (Xinhua) - The Information Office of the State Council, or China's cabinet, published a white paper titled "China's Actions for Disaster Prevention and Reduction" Monday. Following is the full text:

China's Actions for Disaster Prevention and Reduction

Information Office of the State Council of the People's Republic of China

Contents

Foreword

I. Natural Disasters in China

II. Strategic Goals and Tasks for Disaster Reduction

14 Oct 2008 description
report Xinhua

BEIJING, Oct 14, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) -- China will speed up the enhancement of its power grid to better prepare against the looming winter, as the specter of devastating snowstorms the country experienced earlier this year still lingers, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said Tuesday.

Zhang Guobao, vice director of the NDRC, the country's top economic planner, said faced with increasing natural disasters, such as the severe snowstorms and earthquakes, greater challenges were imposed on the safety and stability of the power system.

He added …

29 Aug 2008 description
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LHASA, Aug 29, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) - Truckloads of relief materials, alongside three million yuan (about 428,571 US dollars) in fiscal emergency fund, have been sent to Zhongba, in Xigaze Prefecture in western Tibet, which was hit by a 6.8-magnitude earthquake on Monday.

The relief fund is to house 7,600 residents affected by the quake an provide food and clothing, said a source from the Tibet Regional Headquarters of Quake Control and Relief.

The quake struck at 9:22 p.m.on Monday, with the epicenter about 10 km underground at 31 degrees north and 83.6 degrees east …

26 Aug 2008 description

A powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck in southwestern China's Tibet region, reportedly damaging many buildings and forcing the evacuation of around 2,000 people on Monday (August 25) night. According to the official Xinhua news agency, China's Earthquake Networks Center said that the quake shook Zhongba County in Xigaze Prefecture in Tibet. There were no immediate reports of casualties. Xinhua reported that an official said that after the quake, some buildings appeared to have been damaged in the county, which has around 13 townships.

26 Aug 2008 description
report Xinhua

LHASA, Aug 26, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) -- About 2,000 people were safely evacuated from their homes after a 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region late on Monday.

Authorities on Tuesday were assessing the impact of the quake, which struck at 9:22 p.m.

26 Aug 2008 description
report Xinhua

LHASA, Aug 26, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) -- As of 8 a.m. on Tuesday, 174 aftershocks were recorded in Zhongba County in southwestern Tibet, following a 6.8-magnitude earthquake late on Monday, the Tibet Autonomous Regional Earthquake Bureau said.

No casualties have been reported from any of these quakes.

Of the 174 aftershocks, only two were at or above 5.0 magnitude: one 5.2-magnitude quake at 9:29 p.m. on Monday and a 5.0-magnitude quake at 3:13 a.m. on Tuesday, said the regional quake bureau.

The 6.8-magnitude quake took place at 9:22 p.m.