Typhoon Conson - Jul 2010
Typhoon Conson (locally known as Basyang), struck on 13 Jul 2010, sweeping across Luzon (northern island of the Philippines), leaving some 100 people dead and affecting close to 115,000 families in 12 provinces. (IFRC, 27 Dec 2010) The typhoon weakened into a tropical storm as it moved out of the Philippines' area of responsibility on 15 Jul 2010, blowing into the South China Sea with sustained winds of approximately 85 kph. Some 3,700 houses were destroyed and 27,800 damaged. Around 70 schools were damaged while agricultural production has been affected in seven provinces. (IFRC, 22 Jul 2010)
According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration 3 Nock-Ten (Nina) (PAGASA), the Philippines is prone to tropical cyclones due to its geographical location which generally produce heavy rains, flooding of large areas and also strong winds which result in heavy casualties to human life and destruction to crops and properties. On average, the country is frequented by 20 tropical cyclones annually, almost half of which made landfall.
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BEIJING, July 21 (Xinhua) -- Various kinds of disasters in China left 7,844 people dead or missing and affected a total of 430 million persons last year, according to a report issued by the Ministry of Civil Affairs on Thursday.
The disasters in 2010 also resulted in direct economic losses of 533.99 billion yuan (82.72 billion U.S. dollars), the report said.
The country witnessed multiple serious disasters, including the severe earthquake in Qinghai's Yushu and the landslide in Gansu's Zhouqu, the report said.
This report covers the period 1 January to 31 December 2010
On March 1, when interviewed by the media, Zheng Guoguang, Administrator of China Meteorological Administrator (CMA), said that in this year's annual meetings of National People's Congress (NPC) and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) he would put forward to make meteorological disaster prevention law.
This report covers the period 1 July to 31 December 2010
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- Supports and guides country office teams in Cambodia/Lao PDR, Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines, Timor-Leste, Thailand, and Viet Nam;
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This report covers the period 1 July to 10 December 2010
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China's grain production will increase 15.6 billion kilograms to 546.4 billion kilograms this year as farmers' per capita net income grows 10 percent to 5,800 yuan (865.7 U.S.
English.news.cn 2010-12-07 23:14:56
As natural disasters hit with increasing frequency, especially in coastal areas, it is imperative to better understand how much natural disasters affect economies and their people. This requires disaggregated measures of natural disasters that can be reliably linked to households, the first challenge this paper tackles. In particular, a methodology is illustrated to create natural disaster and hazard maps from first hand, geo-referenced meteorological data.
English.news.cn, 2010-11-18 18:06:44
In the context of the Asia Pacific zone's demographic, socio-economic and environmental trends, 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.
BEIJING, Oct. 28 (Xinhua) -- China's Ministry of Finance (MOF) said Thursday it has earmarked 150 million yuan (22.4 million U.S.
17 Oct 2010 10:35:04 GMT
* Super typhoon bearing down on northern Philippines
* Could halve rice harvest - Cagayan governor
* Evacuations begin; landfall expected by 8 a.m.
16 Oct 2010 05:23:23 GMT
MANILA, Oct 16 (Reuters) - Typhoon Megi was gathering strength as it moved towards the north of the Philippines' main island of Luzon on Saturday, and the government moved emergency workers and relief goods to rice- and corn-production areas.
A category 3 typhoon with winds of 140 kph (85 mph), Megi was about 980 km (610 miles) east of northern Luzon and moving at 20 kph west northwest towards northern Cagayan province, said Nathaniel Servando, a weather bureau official.
"So far, this would be the strongest typhoon to hit the country this …
by Larry Lopez
Tabuk, Kalinga (3 September) -- Joining the multi-sectoral fight against dengue, some barangays in the province allotted their food-for-work appropriation for the clearing of canals and water passages to eradicate possible breeding places of mosquitoes.
Imelda Polig, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Cordillera Regional Representative to Kalinga, said many barangays of this town and in Balbalan municipality utilized their food-for-work allocation for the cleaning of breeding places of dengue-carrying mosquitoes.
Polig said the DSWD program …
MANILA, 1 September 2010 (IRIN) - The Philippines is bracing for severe flooding over the next few months as a result of the La Niña weather effect, which is expected to whip up heavy storms. Some specialists are saying the country is not adequately prepared.
With the country's infrastructure and emergency safety mechanisms still reeling from the effects of Tropical Storm Ketsana [ http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=86362 ] and super typhoon …
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The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross and Red Crescent emergency response.