China: Floods - Jun 2009
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- UNICEF: Diarrhée - Pourquoi les enfants meurent encore et ce que l'on peut faire : L'UNICEF et l'OMS lancent un rapport sur la deuxième cause de mortalité des enfants. 14 Oct 2009
- ECOSOC: Strengthening of the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance of the UN: Report of the UN SG (A/64/84-E/2009/87). 28 May 2009
- TNH: Global: Investment key to disaster preparedness. 16 Jun 2009
- IFRC: Asia Pacific Zone: Plan 2010 - 2011(MAA50001). 20 Oct 2009
- Xinhua: China says flood causes 84.60 bln yuan losses in 2009 . 23 Jan 2010
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.
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.
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.
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.