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23 Jan 2018 description
report Xinhua

Editor: pengying

BEIJING, Jan. 22 (Xinhua) -- China's meteorological authority Monday issued a blue alert, the lowest level in a four-tier warning system, for a cold front in some central and western regions.

From Monday to Friday, the temperature is expected to drop by 6 to 10 degrees Celsius in most parts of central and northwestern China, the National Meteorological Center (NMC) said.

Parts of Gansu, Ningxia, Shaanxi, Hubei, and Hunan will see temperatures drop by up to 10 degrees accompanied by heavy winds, said the NMC.

15 Jan 2018 description
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WUHAN, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- Floods on the Yangtze River, China's longest, had left 161 dead and 20 missing as of Oct. 31 last year, the least casualties since 2000, the Yangtze River Water Resources Commission has said.

Direct economic losses caused by floods reached 93.9 billion yuan (14.4 billion U.S. dollars) last year, according to the commission.

Scientific control and effective rescue efforts had avoided heavier losses, said Wang Hui, spokesperson for the commission based in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province.

12 Jan 2018 description
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BEIJING, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- China's meteorological authority renewed a yellow alert on Thursday for a cold front in central and eastern regions.

Alerts for a cold wave have lasted five consecutive days, according to the National Meteorological Center (NMC).

From Thursday evening to Friday, the temperature is expected to drop moderately in regions along and south of the Yellow and Huaihe rivers, the NMC said.

Meanwhile, low temperatures in parts of Shandong, Henan and Anhui will reach minus 10 to minus 12 degrees Celsius Friday morning.

12 Jan 2018 description
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XINING, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- Northwest China's plateau province of Qinghai last year reported the second highest temperature since records began in 1961.

The average temperature was 3.5 degrees Celsius in 2017, 1.2 degrees Celsius higher than normal, said the Qinghai Meteorological Service.

The average temperature between December 2016 and February 2017 was minus 6.7 degrees Celsius, the warmest winter since 1961, the agency said.

The year of 2016 was the warmest year since 1961 with 3.7 degrees Celsius in average temperature.

10 Jan 2018 description

Key lessons on managing flood risks from the Yangtze River floods in 2016 illustrate a connection between flood risk management, environmental management, and ecosystem sustainability.

10 Jan 2018 description

Case studies in the People's Republic of China and in Indonesia show why holistic community-based approaches to managing flood risks should be a key feature of investment programs.

09 Jan 2018 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Favourable weather conditions benefitted planting of 2018 winter wheat crop

  • Above-average cereal production obtained in 2017

  • Cereal imports in 2017/18 forecast close to average

  • Prices of rice and wheat stable in recent months

Wheat area in 2018 estimated close to last year’s average level

09 Jan 2018 description
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Editor: Yang Yi

BEIJING, Jan. 8 (Xinhua) -- China's meteorological authority on Monday renewed a blue alert, the lowest level in a four-tier warning system, for a cold front in some central, southern and northeastern regions.

From Monday to Tuesday, the temperature is expected to drop by 6 to 8 degrees Celsius in central, southern, and northeastern China, including parts of Shaanxi, Inner Mongolia and Yunnan.

09 Jan 2018 description
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Editor: Lu Hui

BEIJING, Jan. 8 (Xinhua) -- Heavy snow has continued to cause havoc in parts of China, disrupting traffic and bringing low temperatures.

Nineteen expressways in northeast China's Liaoning Province have been closed or controlled since snow started Sunday night, according to local transport authorities.

The snow will result in icy roads, the local observatory forecast Monday morning. Following the snow, Liaoning will see temperatures plunge by up to 10 degrees Celsius, the observatory said.

09 Jan 2018 description
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Editor: Zhou Xin

BEIJING, Jan. 8 (Xinhua) -- Snow has killed 21 people in central and eastern China since Jan. 2, according to the China National Commission for Disaster Reduction.

Heavy snowfall has damaged houses, agriculture and power facilities in the provinces of Anhui, Jiangsu, Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Shaanxi, Shanxi, and Chongqing Municipality, it said.

More than 3,700 people have been relocated and 14,000 are in need of emergency assistance, said the commission, noting that over 700 houses had collapsed and nearly 2,800 were damaged.

08 Jan 2018 description

5 December 2017 – Chinese Minister for Environmental Protection Li Ganjie signed a strategic cooperation agreement with UN Environment Executive Director Erik Solheim. The agreement aims to support UN Environment in building the capacities of developing countries to address environmental issues, sustainably develop their economies and increase awareness of environmental challenges. It also strongly focuses on South-South cooperation among Asian and African countries.

08 Jan 2018 description
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BEIJING, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) -- China's meteorological authority on Sunday renewed a blue alert, the lowest level in a four-tier warning system, for heavy rain in some southern regions.

From Sunday to 8 p.m. Monday, heavy rain is expected in southern China, including parts of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and provinces of Guangdong, Hunan, Jiangxi and Fujian, the National Meteorological Center (NMC) said.

Those areas will see rain of up to 80 millimeters within 24 hours.

07 Jan 2018 description
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2018-01-05 23:50:43| Editor: yan

HEFEI, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- Heavy snow has killed 13 people in east China's Anhui Province since Jan. 3, the provincial government announced on Friday.

The worst snowstorms since 2008 have so far affected 1.06 million people in the province, causing direct economic losses of 1.26 billion yuan (190 million U.S. dollars), and 790 million yuan (122 million U.S. dollars) of losses in agriculture.

Nine cities including capital Hefei initiated emergency responses due to the snow.

05 Jan 2018 description
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Editor: Xiang Bo

HOHHOT, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) -- Northern China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, known for its vast grasslands and cold weather, recorded its warmest year in 56 years in 2017.

The average temperature of the region last year was 6.5 degrees Celsius, 1.4 degrees higher than the historical average and the highest since 1961, according to local meteorological authority Thursday.

05 Jan 2018 description
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Editor: Liangyu

BEIJING, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) -- The first snow of the new year hit large parts of central and eastern China since Wednesday, meteorological station said Thursday.

In Yichang in central China's Hubei Province, 49 trains had been cancelled, affecting more than 4,000 passengers as of 6 p.m. Thursday.

In one of the worst hit areas Enshi Tujia and Miao autonomous prefecture, the power supply for more than 50,000 residents has not been resumed since snow damaged power lines on Wednesday.

13 Dec 2017 description

Delegates from the International committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) briefed the Chinese Academy of Governance (CAG) and Blue Sky Rescue Team staffs on humanitarian principles and practices on Nov. 27th and 28th during an emergency management training session at CAG in Beijing. This was part of the three-week International Short-term Program on Emergency Management organized by National Institute of Emergency Management of CAG.

12 Dec 2017 description
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Editor: Lifang

BEIJING, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese central government has allocated 5.7 billion yuan (about 865.6 million U.S. dollars) in relief funds to help people in disaster-hit regions get through the winter.

The fund will help solve difficulties caused by disasters, including food shortages and inadequate clothing and heating, during winter and spring, according to a statement from the Ministry of Civil Affairs.

County-level authorities must make sure the money reaches those in need within 15 working days of receiving the funds, said the statement.

10 Dec 2017 description

To assist South Asia with post disaster response due to the recent flooding and population displacements in the region, the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) of the People’s Republic of China has partnered with the United Nations Development programme (UNDP), to provide US $12 million to support early recovery efforts in Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Nepal.

27 Nov 2017 description
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Editor: Lifang

CHONGQING, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- Disaster relief work has been ongoing in Wulong county, southwest China's Chongqing Municipality, following a magnitude 5 earthquake Thursday afternoon.

A total of 1,000 tents, 1,000 overcoats and 2,000 quilts have been sent to the area, the local civil affairs bureau said.

As of Friday noon, 3,288 people had been affected by the quake, among whom eight were injured and 26 relocated. Nearly 1,000 rooms were damaged, leading to direct economic losses of about 10 million yuan (1.5 million U.S. dollars).