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08 Dec 1999 description
report Oxfam


08 Nov 1999 description

Heavy rains in late October, affected the maturing (main) rice crop somewhat. Main rice is mainly planted around May/June for harvest in Oct/Nov. The procurement price of paddy has been increased to support local farmers who experienced difficulty due to excessive rains this year, attributed partly to La Nina weather disturbances. The increase in support price will be given to farmers selling rice (with up to 24 percent moisture content). Despite losses in parts to excessive rains and to typhoon damage, rice production this year is expected to be appreciably higher than in recent years.

14 Sep 1999 description

Brussels, 14 September 1999 - The European Commission has approved a total of euro 3.1 million worth of humanitarian aid, euro 1.1 million for China and euro 2 million for South East Asia. The aid will be administered by ECHO, the European Community Humanitarian Office, and will be used to finance projects by various non-governmental organisations and international relief bodies over the next six months.

11 Aug 1999 description
China + 2 others
East Asia floods

SITUATION: Heavy monsoon rains have devastated large sections of East Asia this summer, causing more than 800 deaths and destroying or damaging millions of homes. In the Philippines heavy monsoon rains poured down for a week causing severe floods and landslides. Heavy rains that fell during June and July created high water levels for several lakes and rivers in China that flooded in recent storms.
Current tolls as of August 8:

23 provinces hit by floods
Close to 100 million people affected, including a death toll of 725

11 Aug 1999 description

Ref: OCHA/GVA 99/0108
Philippines - Floods
OCHA Situation Report No. 2

10 Aug 1999 description

Manila (dpa) - Rescuers said Tuesday chances of finding more survivors from a collapsed residential subdivision east of Manila were already ''very slim'' as the death toll from the Philippines' worst rains in 25 years reached 150.

At least 19 more residents of the Cherry Hill subdivision in the mountainous city of Antipolo, Rizal province, east of Manila, are still missing.

09 Aug 1999 description

A Philippines presidential committee said a Japanese-Filipino developer ignored danger signs which led to a landslide that killed more than 70 people at a housing estate outside Manila last week.

The committee also said government agencies were at fault for failing to conduct studies on the soil foundation of the Cherry Hills housing estate in Antipolo town before granting a permit for its development.

Army search crews have pulled out at least 48 bodies from the wreckage of the homes which crumbled "like an accordion" due to the mudslip last Tuesday.

07 Aug 1999 description
report Xinhua

MANILA (Aug. 7) XINHUA - Flood waters continued rising as of late Saturday morning in many towns in Central Luzon, the Northern Philippines, despite improved weather condition in the region since Friday morning.

The Regional Disaster Coordinating Council (RDCC) in Central Luzon said that rampaging flood waters flowed over some portions of the Arnedo dike in San Luis, Pampanga Province, since Friday morning, causing floods to rise in Candaba, San Simon, Minalin, Sta. Ana, Apalit, Masantol, Sto. Tomas and Macabebe, all in Pampanga.

06 Aug 1999 description

The annual monsoons - from Korea to Bangladesh - have driven millions of people from their homes.

Michael Baker, Special to The Christian Science Monitor

MUNSAN, SOUTH KOREA - Kim San Ok abandoned her home again this year with seven relatives, including daughters-in-law and grandchildren.

"In 1996 the water came over our rooftops and we lost everything. We practically became paupers," says Mrs.

06 Aug 1999 description

The combined death tolls from floods in east and South-East Asia, including China, have now passed 1,000, with other fatalities in South Korea, Japan, Thailand and the Philippines.

Rescue workers in the Philippines are still recovering bodies from a housing development outside Manila that was hit by a landslide.

China has raised the official death toll from its rainy season flooding to more than 700 people.

As aid agencies head for the worst affected areas, some regional bureaucracies have been criticised for not doing enough to help victims.

The revision of the death toll to …

05 Aug 1999 description

Tens of thousands of people have been left homeless, not just in China, but throughout the region. The heaviest monsoon rains in three decades have caused extensive flooding in South East Asia. Typhoon Olga, which struck the Korean peninsula earlier this week, caused serious damage in the region. In South Korea, 62 people are reported to have lost their lives, and more than 15,000 people have been evacuated from their homes. The Republic of Korea National Red Cross has been assisting flood victims in the affected areas since the beginning of August.

05 Aug 1999 description

By Paul Eckert

BEIJING, Aug 4 (Reuters) - China nearly doubled the official death toll from summer flooding to 725 on Thursday, as South Korea braced for another typhoon and hopes all but vanished for dozens trapped beneath a collapsed housing estate in Manila.

Floods across Asia have killed almost 1,000 people since last week, with Vietnam now raising the alarm in the rice-growing Mekong Delta and several thousand Cambodians fleeing their homes.

In China, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said 725 people had died in flooding as of Thursday and 5.5 million had been evacuated from …

05 Aug 1999 description

Ref: OCHA/GVA - 99/0103
Philippines - Floods
OCHA Situation Report No. 1

05 Aug 1999 description

By Pedro Uchi

MANILA, Aug 5 (Reuters) - More than 100 people are feared dead in one of the Philippines' worst floods in years as hopes faded on Thursday for dozens believed buried under the wreckage of a collapsed hillside housing estate.

"That's our fear, that they may be dead by now," Defence Secretary Orlando Mercado said as soldiers hammered at the rubble of 25 houses which crashed down from a hill amid heavy rains on Tuesday.

After four days of downpours, the rains eased on Thursday but the weather bureau said a tropical depression was approaching and …

04 Aug 1999 description

Manila (dpa) - The death toll in one of the Philippines' worst floods in 25 years has risen to 44 after 50 houses in a hilly village east of Manila collapsed due to a landslide, the defence secretary said Wednesday.

Orlando Mercado, Philippine defence secretary and National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) chairman, said rescue teams from the armed forces were still digging through ruined debris to recover dead bodies. But only two of eight confirmed dead had yet been found.