China: Earthquake - Dec 2008
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (July 19, 2013) -- Fifty-five homes belonging to Heifer International project participants have been damaged by recent severe rainstorms and flooding in western China, although all project staff and participants are safe and unharmed.
Heifer works in several of the counties affected by the recent disaster, but no Heifer China staff, project participants, or animals have been killed or harmed.
BEIJING — As relief efforts are underway in earthquake-stricken parts of southwest China, the public rushes to donate money and some ask what lessons the government learned from the Wenchuan quake that jolted nearby areas five years ago.
On Tuesday, three days after the magnitude 7 earthquake hit Ya'an city, firefighters were still digging at homes in Lushan and Baoxing county, two of the worst hit zones.
As they sit chatting on low wooden stools outside 55-year-old Cao Fengju’s village house, occasional ripples of laughter break out when a Red Cross volunteer jokes with Ms Cao and her granddaughter. “Do you know where to stick this thermometer?” she asks.
Ms. Cao lives in Yingming village, surrounded by mountains, in south-western China’s Shaanxi province. After the 2008 earthquake in neighbouring Sichuan, which also affected adjoining parts of Shaanxi, both her son and daughter-in-law went to work in faraway cities, leaving Cao and her four- year-old grand daughter at home.
Introduction to Health Recovery
There is currently an abundance of documents, plans and policies that address common issues faced in the mitigation, preparedness and relief phases of natural disaster management. Yet for disaster recovery planners and policy makers, there is no cohesive documented body of knowledge. It is conceded that preventive measures are vital to reducing the more costly efforts of responding to disasters.
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.
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
I. Natural Disasters in China
II. Strategic Goals and Tasks for Disaster Reduction
Luxembourg, 21 April 2009 - The European Investment Bank (EIB) is providing a USD 160 million loan to the People's Republic of China (PRC) to contribute to the financing of the reconstruction plan set up by the Chinese government for the areas hit by the May 2008 Sichuan earthquake.
KUNMING, Dec 28, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) - A total of 21 people were injured and nearly 110,000 others affected by Friday's earthquakes in southwest China's Yunnan Province, according to the latest information of the provincial civil affairs department.
Two quakes, measuring 4.9 and 4.0 on the Richter Scale, hit Ruili city, on the China-Myanmar border, early Friday morning. The quakes destroyed 126 houses and damaged 63,940 others in the city.
KUNMING, Dec. 27 (Xinhua) -- More than 95,000 people were affected by two earthquakes in the Yunnan Province of southwest China Friday, the provincial civil affairs administration said Saturday.
So far, 19 people were injured, including four seriously. Another 9,675 others had to evacuate from their homes and were unable to return Saturday.
A 4.3-magnitude quake hit Yiliang county in Kunming, the provincial capital, at about 2:19 a.m. Friday.
KUNMING, Dec 26, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) -- Two earthquakes measuring 4.3 and 4.9 on the Richter scale jolted China's southwestern province of Yunnan early Friday, injuring nine people and affecting more than 100,000, local authorities said.
A 4.9-magnitude earthquake hit a village about 10 km from Ruili, a city on China-Myanmar border 4:20 a.m., the provincial seismic network reported.
The city's Communist Party chief Yang Yueguo said two villagers were seriously wounded and seven others suffered slight injuries.