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23 Sep 2009 description
report Xinhua

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.

11 May 2009 description
report Xinhua

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

28 Nov 2008 description
report Xinhua

SHIJIAZHUANG, Nov 28, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) -- Engineers on China's massive project to divert water from the Yangtze River to the parched north of the country are struggling to repair a breached canal that flooded 70 hectares of farmland.

Du Bingzhao, an official with the office for the South-to-North Project of the State Council, on Friday confirmed the mishap when contacted by Xinhua Friday, but would not confirm that repairs were completed.

The breach occurred around 5 a.m.

24 Nov 2008 description
report Xinhua

NANNING, Nov 24, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) -- All the six missing people had been confirmed dead as of Monday night and six more were treated in hospital after a landslide in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on Sunday, the rescue headquarters said.

The body of the sixth person was excavated at 11:40 p.m. Monday after more than 30 hours of arduous search by fire-fighters, said Liang Yaode, an official of Hechi City in northern Guangxi.

The landslide occurred at around 11:37 a.m.

19 Nov 2008 description

Executive summary

The People's Republic of China, with a population of 1.3 billion people, is by far 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. While many view China's hosting of the 2008 Olympics as a sign of its emergence onto the international scene, the people of China still continue to face many economic, environmental and health challenges that threaten their wellbeing.

10 Nov 2008 description

China, Nov 10, 2008 - A landslide in central China on Friday (November 7) left at least six people dead after another body was recovered on Saturday (November 8), the official Chinese Xinhua news agency reported. The landslide occurred in Huanxin village in Pingjiang county in central Hunan province. According to Xinhua, the victims were all from one family. One other person was seriously injured, Xinhua reported. The landslide was caused by "lingering rain" which loosened the hillside, Xinhua reported rescuers as saying.

08 Nov 2008 description
report Xinhua

CHANGSHA, Nov 08, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) -- The death toll from Friday's landslide in central China's Hunan Province rose to six as one more body was recovered Saturday night.

Rescuers said the newly-found dead was another daughter of villager Liu Caibao, who was also killed after his house was toppled in the landslide occurring at 6:00 p.m. Friday in Huanxin Village, Pingjiang County.

Two families lived in the building. The other family, who happened to all go out, escaped.

06 Nov 2008 description
report Xinhua

KUNMING, Nov 06, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) -- Rescue operations in the landslide-hit province of Yunnan in southwest China saw a breakthrough as helicopters began to airdrop relief materials to isolated areas on Thursday.

Three military helicopters started to drop tents, quilts, food, bottled water and medicine to mountainous villages in the Chuxiong Yi Autonomous Prefecture, one of the worst-hit areas in the rain-triggered disasters that are known to have killed 40 people so far.

Some villages were completely isolated after roads were cut off by the landslides and …

06 Nov 2008 description

L'eau se retire peu à peu des quartiers de Hanoï, capitale du Vietnam, affectée depuis près de sept jours par de fortes pluies, qui ne se sont interrompues que mercredi et ont obligé 40.000 habitants environ à abandonner leurs foyers. Les victimes causées par les inondations et les éboulements, notamment dans le centre et le Sud du pays, s'élèvent à 93, dont 22 dans la seule capitale.

04 Nov 2008 description
report Xinhua

CHUXIONG, Yunnan, Nov 04, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) -- The death toll from landslides and mud-rock flows in southwest China's Yunnan Province has risen to 40, with five more people confirmed dead, local authorities said Monday.

The bodies were found in Chuxiong Yi Autonomous Prefecture, the area hardest hit by days of torrential rain, according to the provincial civil affairs department.

The geological disasters that followed almost 10 days of rain had also left 43 others missing, 10 injured and 60,800 evacuated as of 5 p.m.

04 Nov 2008 description

Il pleut toujours mardi à Hanoï et sur la plupart du Vietnam septentrional, en proie depuis une semaine aux inondations les plus graves des dernières années. D'après les estimations diffusées mardi matin par des dirigeants locaux, les fortes pluies et surtout la crue des principales rivières de la région ont causé la mort de 86 personnes au moins. La Chine est elle aussi affectée, bien que dans une moindre mesure, par l'urgence en œuvre : dans les provinces méridionales du Yunnan et du Guangxi, les victimes certifiées s'élèvent à 34.

04 Nov 2008 description

By Ho Binh Minh

HANOI, Nov 4 (Reuters) - Flood water from southern China pushed up river levels in northern Vietnam on Tuesday, worsening inundations across a wide region that have killed at least 120 people on both sides of the border.

Flooding in northern and central Vietnam since last Friday has killed 86 people, including eight children, while 34 have died from flooding and mudslides in southwestern China.

Vietnam, the world's third-largest rice exporter, has not released any crop damage estimates in the northern delta, but the government said nearly 260,000 hectares …

03 Nov 2008 description
report Xinhua

BEIJING, Nov 03, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) -- China initiated a level three emergency response on Monday after rain-triggered landslides killed at least 26 people in southwestern Yunnan Province.

Continuous downpours in and south of the Yangtze River since Friday have caused floods, landslides and mud-rock flows in the worst-hit Yunnan Province and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

More than 411,000 people in 13 counties and cities of Yunnan have been affected, according to statistics of the Office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters.

03 Nov 2008 description

Landslides and mud-rock flows had left at least 22 dead and 45 missing in southwest China's Yunnan Province, local authorities said Monday.

More than 411,000 people in 13 counties of Chuxiong Yi Autonomous Prefecture and provincial capital Kunming were affected by disasters triggered by torrential rains over the last two days, according to the provincial civil affairs department.

A department official said they usually calculated casualties and damage based on reports from the grass-roots authorities, and it was still too early to ascertain the exact number of all major and minor …