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03 Apr 2008 description

This report covers the period of 01/01/06 to 31/12/07 of a two-year planning and appeal process.

In brief

Programmes summary: Through support of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent's (The Federation) appeal, the programmes set forth by the Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) in disaster management, health and organizational development are in line with the Global Agenda Goals and contribute towards the Millennium Development Goals.

18 Dec 2007 description

This appeal seeks CHF 4,424,819 (USD 3,779,850 or EUR 2,651,072) to fund the planned programmes that are to be implemented in 2008-2009. The overall budget is CHF 18,357,332 (USD 15,684,750 or EURO 10,997,176).

This appeal briefly covers the main outcomes the programmes seek to achieve over the next two years.

24 Oct 2007 description

Louis Michel, the European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid and Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP) jointly warned that "climate change is an increasing threat to development and humanitarian relief efforts" during WFP's Executive Board meeting today.

Mr. Michel, who is in Rome to address WFP's Executive Board, said: "The recent spate of weather-related disasters across the globe sets the alarm bells ringing.

09 Oct 2007 description
report Xinhua

BEIJING, Oct9, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) has raised 4.2 billion yuan in relief funds in the past 20 years to help 160 million people affected by natural disasters, a senior RCSC official said on Tuesday.

RCSC has also established a nationwide disaster relief network which consists of six regional and 13 provincial-level relief centers in places frequently hit by national disasters, RCSC deputy president Su Juxiang said.

"The relief network greatly enhances RCSC's effectiveness to respond to nature disasters," Su said.

17 Aug 2007 description

Severe flooding has affected tens of millions of people around the world in recent weeks and months. Torrential rain is forecast to continue as new storms threaten Asia, Africa and Europe.

16 Aug 2007 description

Across the Asian continent, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance partners are planning and implementing assistance for more than 270,000 vulnerable people in various flood-related emergencies. Emergency responses include immediate food distribution, safe water, housing reconstruction and future risk reduction.

15 Aug 2007 description

GENEVA, August 15, 2007 -In the midst of the severe flooding crisis throughout vast regions of central and south Asia, members of the global alliance, Action by Churches Together (ACT) International, are working together to increase life-saving support and assistance to flood-affected communities.

"While the massive amount of water is slowly withdrawing, the damage and emergency need is showing its true colours," said Arne Grieg Riisnæs speaking from Bangladesh with ACT member Norwegian Church Aid (NCA).

01 Aug 2007 description

BEIJING, Aug 1 (Reuters) - Global warming is partly to blame for this year's weather extremes in China, which have led to more than 700 deaths from flooding and left millions of others without water, an official said on Wednesday.

And such extremes are likely to get worse and more common in the future, said Song Lianchun, head of the China Meteorological Administration's Department of Forecasting Services and Disaster Mitigation.

"It should be said that one of the reasons for the weather extremes this year has been unusual atmospheric circulation bought about by global …

27 Jul 2007 description

On July 18, the Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) launched an appeal for floods disaster relief nationwide, and called on all sectors of the community dedication of love.

In response to the RCSC's appeal, DOERTE FOOD CO., LTD (Dalian) Co., Ltd. donated affected areas of Anhui, Sichuan food worth nearly 3 million yuan. The food including rice, biscuits, meat and other ration food, with a total weight of about 140 tons, is the first batch of donation received by RCSC.

22 Jul 2007 description
report Xinhua

TENGCHONG, Yunnan Province, Jul 22, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- A landslide has left four people dead and three others injured in a county of southwest China's Yunnan Province where a fatal mud-flow on Thursday had killed 27 people with two others missing.

The latest landslide occurred on Saturday morning in a mining area near Xinqi village of Tengchong County, where seven villagers were clearing up the mud debris caused by rains at a mining area.

Four of them were killed and three others were injured by the sudden landslide.

13 Jul 2007 description

This report covers the period of 01/01/2007 to 30/04/2007 of the 2006-07 planning and appeal process.

In a world of global challenges, continued poverty, inequity, and increasing vulnerability to disasters and disease, the International Federation with its global network, works to accomplish its Global Agenda, partnering with local community and civil society to prevent and alleviate human suffering from disasters, diseases and public health emergencies.

In brief

Programme Summary:

In the first few months of 2007, China has already been hit with major natural disasters.

10 Jul 2007 description
report Xinhua

BEIJING, Jul 10, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- More than 66.3 million Chinese have been affected by floods this summer, with 360 people killed and direct economic losses of 24.3 billion yuan, according to latest figures from the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters.

Apart from 217,000 houses wholly or partially destroyed, more than 4.28 million hectares of grain crops have been hit, with 2.03 million hectares completely destroyed, said Cheng Dianlong, deputy director of the Office of the headquarters.

Most of the deaths occurred after continuous downpours across the …

09 Jul 2007 description
report Xinhua

BEIJING, Jul 9, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- A total of 545 people were killed by natural disasters in China in the first half of the year, according to a report released by the Ministry of Civil Affairs on Monday.

Another 78 people went missing as a result of natural disasters, including floods, landslides, mudflows, droughts, gales, snowstorms and earthquakes.

More than 143 million people were affected by natural disasters and 2.45 million people were evacuated in the first six months of the year.

More than 346,000 houses collapsed and nearly 22 million hectares of farmland were …

06 Jun 2007 description
report Xinhua

BEIJING, Jun 6, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --

Natural disasters in China last month killed 117 people and left another 18 missing, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said in a report released on Wednesday.

More than 45.56 million Chinese were affected by natural disasters in May and local governments have evacuated or resettled 231,000 people, according to the report.

Natural disasters, mainly floods, landslides, mud-rock flows, drought and hailstorms, hit 8.76 million hectares of farmland and destroyed more than 190,000 houses, causing direct economic losses of 8.6 billion yuan (about …

29 May 2007 description

At least 21 people were killed in landslides triggered by heavy rain in south-west China last Friday (25 May). More than 3000 houses were washed away and 1300 hectares of farmland destroyed.

The day before, 11 people died in mudslides in Sichuan. Ten more died in floods and lightning strikes and more than 350 were injured.

Some 112 000 people have been evacuated from their homes. The bad weather has affected more than two million people.

28 May 2007 description

The Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) provided emergency disaster relief materials worth 300000 yuan to Chongqing city in help to carry out relief operation there on May 25.

From May 23-24, heavy rainfall stroke the east, southeast and the most central areas in Chongqing, which effected over 2.34 million people in 20 districts and counties of the city. There were 9 people killed, missing 2, 363 injured/disease, and over 110,000 people evacuated; 91,300 ha. of farmland effected including 4200 ha.

27 May 2007 description
report Xinhua

CHONGQING, May 27 (Xinhua) -- Five people were confirmed dead and three injured in a landslide that occurred in Pengshui of Chongqing Municipality, southwest China, local authorities said on Sunday.

Continuous rains caused a landslide in the Miao-Tujia Autonomous County of Pengshui on Thursday morning, which buried two houses.

Three people injured and buried in the ruins were rescued by staff from the local public security and fire fighting departments.

The bodies of the five people killed in the accident were recovered on Saturday.

Editor: Xiao Jie

26 May 2007 description
report Xinhua

CHENGDU, May 26 (Xinhua) -- Disasters triggered by rainstorm have killed at least 43 people in southwest China's Sichuan Province and Chongqing Municipality over the past week, the local government confirmed on Saturday.

A massive mud-rock flow in the county of Jiulong, in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze, in western Sichuan, killed 12 villagers and injured another 18 following heavy rainfall Thursday and Friday, a spokesman with the county government said.

Heavy rainfall also caused a landslide in Shimian County in Sichuan's central western city of Ya'an, where …

26 May 2007 description

Beijing_(dpa) _ At least 21 people died and 32 were injured in landslides that hit two areas of south-western China's Sichuan province on Friday, state media said on Saturday.

Two days of torrential rain caused a huge flow of rock and mud to destroy more than 3,000 homes in Sichuan's Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, killing 12 and injuring 18 in Heba village, the official Xinhua news agency said.

The mud and landslides affected about 16,200 people, destroyed 1,300 hectares of farmland and washed away 2,175 head of cattle, the agency quoted local officials as …