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11 Jun 2010 description

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (HKSARG) released $98.91 million from the Disaster Relief Fund to provide immediate relief to people in distress outside Hong Kong in the year ending March 31, 2010.

30 Apr 2010 description

This report covers the period from 1 January to 30 December 2009.


The Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) and the International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), while continuing to work on the recovery operation in the earthquake area since 12 May 2008, have gradually shifted focus back to the National Society's other programmes, allowing for some integration of emergency and longer-term development work in the RCSC. In the earthquake-affected communities, support for reconstruction of homes was the main focus in 2009.

23 Jan 2010 description
report Xinhua

ALTAY, Xinjiang, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- Two Chinese military helicopters on Saturday delivered 10 rescuers to Xemirxek in Altay in blizzard-hit Xinjiang to search for seven missing people.

Niu Zhigang, vice chief of staff of the Altay sub-command of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region military area, said the rescue team was led by an official of the Altay government and consisted of members of a local ski team.

23 Jan 2010 description
report Xinhua

Flood had caused 84.60 billion yuan (12.39 billion U.S.

28 Dec 2009 description

This report covers the period from 1 July to 31 December 2009.

In brief

Programmes summary:

The International Federation's support to the Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) has had many achievements in the past six months.

11 Dec 2009 description

Copenhagen, Nairobi, Kathmandu, 11 December 2009 - Hundreds of millions of people in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region and in the river basins downstream are being forced to adapt to a new reality: climate change.

Climate change is increasing uncertainty and the risk for extreme droughts interspersed with extreme floods that are challenging food security, housing, infrastructure, business and even survival.

Even hardy mountain populations, adapted for centuries to survival in extreme environments, are undergoing events so unprecedented that their traditional coping strategies are being …

20 Oct 2009 description

Executive summary

In the context of the Asia Pacific zone demographic, socio-economic and environmental trends, and the International Federation's strategic priorities, the East Asia region is at high risk from a wide range of disasters and health emergencies. There are five nations within the East Asia region: China, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), the Republic of Korea (RoK), Mongolia and Japan.

20 Oct 2009 description

Executive summary

The People's Republic of China, with a population of 1.3 billion people, is the most populous country in the world, and has both one of the most dynamic and fastest growing economies, while at the same time very marked disparities in income distribution, health status and other vulnerability indicators. Hit by the deepening and spreading global economic crisis affecting the rest of the world, with a sharp drop in exports, China continues to face many economic, environmental and health challenges that threaten its well-being.

20 Oct 2009 description

Executive summary

The Asia Pacific region is home to more than half of the world's population, the majority of whom are poor and among the most disadvantaged in the world. Some 600 million women, men and children in the region live below the USD 1 a day poverty line, while 1.8 billion survive on less than USD 2 a day. Compounding the situation, the region is also highly disaster-prone. The diversity, scale and frequency of natural disasters across the region are daunting.

15 Oct 2009 description

Addressing the Impacts of Climate Change In the World's Most Vulnerable Nations

Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs and International Environmental Protection

I would like to thank the Chair, Senator Menendez, the Ranking Member Senator Corker, and all the Senators on this Subcommittee, for the opportunity to comment on how climate change is already affecting people in developing countries, and on measures the United States Senate can take to help address their urgent needs.

ActionAid is an international anti-poverty agency …

15 Oct 2009 description

Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs, and International Environmental Protection

Good morning Mr. Chairman, Senator Corker and Members of Subcommittee.

14 Oct 2009 description

New York, 14 octobre 2009 - Malgré l'existence de traitements peu couteux et efficaces, la diarrhée tue plus d'enfants que le sida, le paludisme et la rougeole réunis, selon un rapport publié aujourd'hui par l'UNICEF et l'Organisation mondiale pour la santé (OMS).

Le rapport, intitulé, Diarrhée - Pourquoi les enfants meurent encore et ce que l'on peut faire, contient des informations sur les causes des maladies diarrhéiques, des données sur l'accès aux moyens de prévention et de traitement, et un plan en 7 points pour réduire les décès dus à la diarrhée.

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14 Oct 2009 description

NEW YORK / GENEVA - Global campaigns to fight diarrhoea - the second deadliest illness for children - must be re-energized to prevent the deaths of millions in the developing world, UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) said today as they released a new report on the disease.

"It is a tragedy that diarrhoea, which is little more than an inconvenience in the developed world, kills an estimated 1. 5 million children each year," said UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman.

02 Oct 2009 description

(replacing preliminary appeal issued 10 July 2009)

Appeal Target: US$ 179,417

Contributions/pledges received: US$ 45,311

Balance requested: US$ 134,106

Geneva, 2 October 2009

Dear Colleagues,

Flooding and heavy rain in Southern China in July 2009 forced hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate their homes and has killed over 75 people.

22 Sep 2009 description
  • Climate-related disasters becoming more frequent

    * Asia is most disaster-prone continent, report says

    * Hard to measure impact of slow-onset crises like drought

    LONDON, Sept 22 (Reuters) - Floods, storms, drought and other climate-related natural disasters drove 20 million people from their homes last year, nearly four times as many as were displaced by conflicts, a new U.N.

13 Sep 2009 description
report Xinhua

LANZHOU, Sep 13, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Rescuers have retrieved three bodies from the debris of a landslide that occurred Monday morning in Lanzhou, capital of northwest China's Gansu Province.

The exact number of victims in the landslide that occurred at 5:50 a.m., remained unknown.

Witnesses said that three motor tricycles carrying fruits and vegetables were buried, according to local police. Two of the vehicles have been found.

Ding Zuquan, a land and resources official who is overseeing the rescue work, said continuous rains in recent days had soaked the loess hill in …

02 Sep 2009 description
report Xinhua

HOHHOT, Sep 02, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Flooding triggered by a heavy downpour has swept away a villager and more than 1,700 livestock in a township in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, the local government said Wednesday.

Zhang Yuzhen, 58, a villager from Qagan Nur Township, Baling Right Banner, was found dead after being swept away along with a donkey cart by a flash flood Tuesday afternoon, said the banner government.

The downpour also packing hail ravaged Qagan Nur Township and the neighboring Baoriwusu Township for about 20 minutes Tuesday afternoon.

01 Sep 2009 description
report Xinhua

Heavy rain that began on Thursday has killed eight people and led to the evacuation of more than 120,000 in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality and neighboring Sichuan Province, local flood control authorities said Monday.

The downpour, which hit most parts of Chongqing and Sichuan, measured nearly 160 mm in the worst-hit counties. It caused mud-rock flows and landslides and destroyed thousands of homes in the two places.

In Chongqing, a villager in Dazu County died Sunday after he accidentally stepped on an electric wire broken in the rainstorm, said Yan Yonghui, deputy …

31 Aug 2009 description
report Xinhua

BEIJING, Aug 31, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- A good harvest of China's autumn grain is expected, despite the drought in the northern and southern regions, said Chen Mengshan, spokesman of China's Ministry of Agriculture.

"As long as there are no more natural disasters in the next month, there will be a bumper harvest of autumn grain nationwide," said Chen, "partly because the autumn grain has grown well in the early phase, providing the basis for a good harvest."

Chen added that those grain-growing regions that have not suffered drought will yield a better …