BEIJING, Jan. 8 (Xinhua) -- Fewer people in China died or went missing in natural disasters in 2018, official data showed Tuesday.
A total of 589 people died and 46 others went missing because of natural disasters including floods and typhoons, 59 percent lower than the average level during the past five years, according to the Ministry of Emergency Management.
The ministry said the losses caused by natural disasters were less severe last year.
Editor: Yang Yi
CHANGSHA, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) -- Over 860,000 residents in central China's Hunan Province have been affected by freezing rain and snow that have persisted for days, local authorities said Friday.
As of 8 a.m. Friday, the cold wave prompted over 5,000 people to be relocated. About 39,000 people are still in need of living assistance, according to the provincial emergency management headquarters.
The rain and snow have damaged 79,560 hectares of crops and caused a direct economic loss of about 819 million yuan (119.3 million U.S. dollars).
CHENGDU, Jan. 3 (Xinhua) -- Five towns in Gongxian County, in the city of Yibin in southwest China's Sichuan Province, are reported to face possible geological hazards after an earthquake jolted the region at 8:48 a.m. Thursday, according to local emergency officials.
One person was slightly injured and no deaths have been reported as of 2:30 p.m. after the 5.3-magnitude quake struck at a depth of 15 km.
CHANGSHA, Jan. 2 (Xinhua) -- Over 720,000 people have been affected by freezing rain and snow in central China's Hunan Province, local authorities said Wednesday.
As of Wednesday afternoon, a total of 724,100 residents in Hunan have been affected by the cold wave and over 3,900 people were relocated. About 38,000 people are still in need of living assistance, according to the provincial emergency management department.
BEIJING, Dec. 30 (Xinhua) -- China's central government has allocated a fund of 595 million yuan (86.7 million U.S. dollars) to address the adverse impact of natural disasters in the agricultural sector.
The fund will be used for relieving drought and blizzards in Inner Mongolia and Tibet autonomous regions as well as Gansu Province, according to the Ministry of Finance.
LHASA, Dec. 24 (Xinhua) -- More than 2,100 people have been evacuated after a 5.8-magnitude earthquake jolted Xaitongmoin County in the city of Xigaze, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, on Monday, local authorities said.
No casualties have been reported. Investigators found cracks in some rural houses and damage on some live-stock sheds in the county, according to the county's publicity department.
The local governments have prepared tents, quilts, coats, and medical supplies for the affected people.
BEIJING, Dec. 17 (Xinhua) -- Chinese central government has allocated a fund of 5.2 billion yuan (about 754 million U.S. dollars) for disaster relief in the winter of 2018 and the spring of next year.
The fund will be used for relieving people from disasters during the harsh winter and spring period, and safeguarding their daily necessities, according to the Ministry of Emergency Management and Ministry of Finance.
BEIJING, Dec. 17 (Xinhua) -- The Ministry of Emergency Management (MEM) has dispatched 1,000 cotton tents to residents in southwest China quake-hit areas, providing them with shelter from rain, snow and low temperatures.
A total of 386 people have been evacuated from the disaster-hit area in Sichuan Province, where 231 homes were severely damaged and 15 collapsed, according to an MEM meeting Monday.
CHENGDU, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- The death toll has risen to five after a landslide hit a county in southwest China's Sichuan Province Sunday afternoon, local authorities said Tuesday.
Rescuers found the body of a previously missing victim at around 2 p.m. Tuesday at the site of the landslide in Xuyong County in the city of Luzhou, according to the county's publicity department.
So far, five people have died and another seven have been injured. The injured are being treated in local hospitals.
Heavy rainfall has been affected Sichuan Province (central China) over the past few days, triggering a landslide and causing casualties and damages.
According to media reports, four people were killed, one person is missing and seven more are injured in Luzhou city (Xuyong County) due to a landslide.
Over the next 24 hours, moderate rainfall is forecast over central-southern China, including over southern Sichuan Province.
Editor: Yang Yi
CHENGDU, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- Four people were killed after a landslide hit a county in southwest China's Sichuan Province Sunday afternoon.
The landslide toppled a number of residential houses in Fenshui Town in Xuyong County in the city of Luzhou around 4:20 p.m. on Sunday, leaving 11 people buried and one missing.
CHENGDU, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- Twelve people were estimated buried after a landslide caused three houses to collapse Sunday afternoon in southwest China's Sichuan Province.
Five people had been pulled out of the debris in Fenshui township in Xuyong county by 8 p.m., but one died en route to hospital, Tang Jie, the county head leading rescue efforts at the scene, told Xinhua.
Seven remained trapped in the landslide that occurred at about 5 p.m. and more than 600 rescuers were racing against the clock to reach more survivors.
Editor: Lu Hui
BEIJING, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- China's central government allocated 260 million yuan (37.68 million U.S. dollars) to Sichuan and Yunnan provinces and Tibet Autonomous Region Friday to help local residents affected by landslides in November.
The money, allocated by the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Emergency Management, will be used for relocating and subsidizing affected residents, as well as rebuilding damaged houses, in an effort to ensure affected residents have a safe and warm winter.
Thousands of women and girls are being trafficked from Myanmar to China and forced to marry and bear children, according to new research led by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Kachin Women's Association Thailand (KWAT).
1,559 preschool children (691 girls, 868 boys) are provided with free lunch with WFP funding support.
Editor: Li Xia
KUNMING, Nov. 15 (Xinhua) -- At least 8,000 houses were toppled in southwest China's Yunnan Province after a flood of discharged water hit several cities and towns.
Flood control authorities in the city of Lijiang, known for its quaint, scenic towns, said Thursday that 17,000 people had been affected by the flood on the Jinsha River that also damaged roads and hydrologic facilities.
BEIJING, Nov. 13 (Xinhua) -- Chinese authorities on Monday initiated a national emergency response after a landslide hit southwest China, leading to the formation of a barrier lake.
The China National Commission for Disaster Reduction and the Ministry of Emergency Management jointly activated a level-IV emergency response, the lowest level, on Monday, the ministry said in a statement.
LHASA, Nov. 11 (Xinhua) -- More than 25,000 people have been evacuated as the water levels continue to rise in a landslide-formed barrier lake in Tibet Autonomous Region, local authorities said Sunday.
The municipal government of Changdu in Tibet said the water level has risen 57.44 meters with an estimated 469 million cubic meters of water storage as of 9 a.m. on Sunday.
As of Saturday, 42 temporary settlements, equipped with basic living necessities, have been set up for relocated villagers, with medical teams stationed near the settlements.
CHENGDU, Nov. 10 (Xinhua) -- A total of 17,307 people have been evacuated as water levels continued to rise in a landslide-formed lake in southwest China's Sichuan Province, local authorities said Saturday.
The government of Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture said the lake, formed by mud blocking the Jinsha River, had inundated a farmhouse and a suspension bridge in the Jinsha Township.
BEIJING, Nov. 4 (Xinhua) -- A joint work team has been dispatched to the landslide-hit area, where a barrier lake has possibly formed, in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region Sunday, according to China's Ministry of Emergency Management (MEM).