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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

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.

30 Sep 2008 description
report Xinhua

SHANGHAI, Sep 30, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) -- Shanghai, China's business hub, lifted its typhoon warning on Tuesday evening as Jangmi moved northwest out of the coastal areas in the afternoon.

Typhoon Jangmi, downgraded to a strong tropical storm Monday afternoon, bypassed China's coastal provinces of Zhejiang and Fujian and Shanghai City, bringing strong winds and heavy rain to some areas.

Fine weather was expected in the following three to four days in the coastal region, a boon to tourists enjoying the week-long national day holidays, according to the weather …

29 Sep 2008 description
report Xinhua

HAIKOU, Sep 29, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) --

South China's Hainan Province is bracing for tropical storm Mekkhala, which is expected to land in the island on Tuesday or brush its southern coast.

Mekkhala, the 16th tropical storm this year, was developed from a tropical low pressure at 8 a.m. Monday on the South China Sea, according to the Hainan Provincial Observatory.

Its eye was about 240 km southeast of Sanya, a city in the southern tip of the Hainan island, at 2 p.m., packing winds of up to 72 km per hour.

29 Sep 2008 description

Beijing_(dpa) _ Jangmi, the strongest typhoon so far this year weakened to a tropical storm on Monday, and is expected to pass by China's coast.

The storm, which caused floods and mudslides in Taiwan, killing two people, is likely to spare the Chinese coast from its full force, having ebbed and changed its course to the north-east, Chinese state media said.

While strong rains continued in Taiwan, Jangmi's outer reaches were to hit China's coastal provinces Fujian and Zhejiang Monday afternoon or evening, battering the coast with strong winds and rain, the local …

28 Sep 2008 description

TAIPEI, Sept 28 (Reuters) - A strong typhoon churned toward Taiwan on Sunday, with winds of up to 227 kph and dumping torrential rains as it forced flight and work cancellations ahead of its expected landfall later in the day.

Typhoon Jangmi, the season's most powerful storm so far, was located 200 km southeast of the eastern Taiwan city of Hualien and moving northwest at 29 kph, according to Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau (http://www.cwb.gov.tw)

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27 Sep 2008 description
report Xinhua

FUZHOU, Sep 27, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) -- Super-strong Typhoon Jangmi is expected to slam into southeast China's Fujian Province on Monday, just days after Typhoon Hagupit killed at least 17 people, local meteorological authorities said on Saturday.

According to the Fujian Provincial Observatory, Jangmi will hit Taiwan between Sunday evening and Monday morning before its landfall in Fujian.

Jangmi is the strongest typhoon this year, packing winds of up to 234 km per hour.

Meteorologists said it's moving northwest at a speed of 25 km per hour.

It is …

27 Sep 2008 description

TAIPEI, Sept 27 (Reuters) - Taiwan issued land and sea warning on Saturday as the 15th typhoon of this year headed towards the south coast.

Typhoon Jangmi, 600 km (373 miles) southeast of Taiwan at 0200 GMT, was expected to brush Taiwan, bringing sustained winds of up to 184 kph (114 mph) and gusts of up to 227 kph.

Taiwan issued warnings for high winds and heavy rain.

The storm is expected to grow to category 3, on a 1-5 severity scale, according to Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau and the forecasting service Tropical Storm Risk (

26 Sep 2008 description

Taiwan, Sep 26, 2008 - Tropical cyclone 19W (Jangmi) is a very strong typhoon, which is taking aim on southern Taiwan, the Hawaii-based Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) reported. According to the latest Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) warning #13, this powerful storm has sustained winds of 120 knots (138 mph), with gusts to near 145 knots (161 mph). Jangmi is churning its way across the warm waters of the Philippine Sea, to the east of Luzon Island. Its forward speed is 12 knots (14 mph), moving in a northwest (315 degrees) direction.