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20 Sep 2018 description
report Hong Kong Red Cross

(Hong Kong, 18 September 2018) Hong Kong was just hit by the strong typhoon Mangkhut, and the community is seriously damaged by the disaster. Before the typhoon struck Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Red Cross (HKRC) already deployed 46 volunteers and 4 staff members for an urgent mission to Tai O, to help elderly to move some of their electronic appliances and furniture to higher places so to avoid any possible damage by flooding. At the same time, they also disseminated disaster preparedness message together with information of evacuation route.

13 Apr 2018 description

Hong Kong SAR – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, in collaboration with the Philippine Consulate General, is today hosting a two-day training for diplomats and consular staff in Hong Kong on identifying and investigating human trafficking cases. Over 30 Hong Kong-based diplomats, many from countries of origin, including the Philippines, Cambodia, Colombia, Sri Lanka and Thailand are participating.

13 Jun 2017 description

Local farmers who suffered serious losses caused by Typhoon Merbok can register with the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) from tomorrow (June 14) to June 22 for assistance from an emergency relief fund.

An AFCD spokesman said today (June 13) that an appropriate amount of the relief fund would be released to affected farming households according to established criteria.

The department's preliminary investigation has revealed that about 300 hectares of farmland in the New Territories were affected by the typhoon.

21 Feb 2017 description
report Harvard University

This policy brief outlines best practice for disaster psychology and the implementation of trauma-informed services in Hong Kong. Psychological services are an integral component of the public health response in complex emergencies.

21 Oct 2016 description

The Hong Kong Observatory replaced the No. 8 Northwest Gale or Storm Signal by the No. 8 Southwest Gale or Storm Signal today (October 21) at 2.15pm.

The Home Affairs Department has so far opened 22 temporary shelters in various districts, with a total of 170 people seeking refuge at the shelters.

The 1823 Government Call Centre has so far received 156 reports of fallen trees.

02 Aug 2016 description

With the approach of Typhoon Nida, the Government has put in place suitable measures and co-ordinations, and also activated the inter-departmental emergency monitoring mechanism.

02 Aug 2016 description

The Secretary for Development, Mr Paul Chan, today (August 1) inspected the underground stormwater storage tank and related facilities at the Happy Valley Underground Stormwater Storage Scheme of the Drainage Services Department (DSD) to learn more about the flood prevention measures undertaken by the department in response to the threat of Typhoon Nida to Hong Kong.

02 Aug 2016 description

The Hong Kong Observatory replaced the No. 8 Northwest Gale or Storm Signal at 8.40pm yesterday (August 1), by the No. 8 Southwest Gale or Storm Signal at 4.40am today (August 2).

As at 8.45am today, the 1823 Government Call Centre has received 114 reports of fallen trees.

The Home Affairs Department has so far opened 27 temporary shelters in various districts and 218 people have sought refuge at the shelters as at 8.40am.

02 Aug 2016 description

The Hong Kong Observatory replaced the No. 8 Northwest Gale or Storm Signal at 8.40pm yesterday (August 1), by the No. 8 Southwest Gale or Storm Signal at 4.40am today (August 2).

As at 5.45am today, the 1823 Government Call Centre has received 38 reports of fallen trees.

The Home Affairs Department has so far opened 26 temporary shelters in various districts and 210 people have sought refuge at the shelters as at 5.40am.

The Airport Authority Hong Kong reported that as at 3am, a total of 156 flights have been cancelled and 290 flights delayed.

02 Aug 2016 description

The Hong Kong Observatory issued the No. 8 Northwest Gale or Storm Signal at 8.40 pm yesterday (August 1).

As at 2am today (August 2), the 1823 Government Call Centre has received 14 reports of fallen trees.

The Home Affairs Department has so far opened 26 temporary shelters in various districts and 207 people have sought refuge at the shelters as at 2.40am.

The Airport Authority Hong Kong reported that as at 3am, a total of 156 flights have been cancelled and 290 flights delayed.

01 Aug 2016 description

The Hong Kong Observatory issued the No. 8 Northwest Gale or Storm Signal at 8.40 pm today (August 1).

The Home Affairs Department has so far opened 26 temporary shelters in various districts and 155 people have sought refuge at the shelters.

The 1823 Government Call Centre has so far received 1 report of fallen tree.

On air traffic, the Airport Authority Hong Kong reported that a total of 156 flights have been cancelled as at 10.30pm today.

19 Jun 2016 description

There are over 11,000 asylum seekers in the Asian financial hub, some still uncertain about their fate after waiting for more than 15 years

HONG KONG, June 19 (Reuters) - The number of stateless children born to refugees is growing in Hong Kong, where claims from asylum seekers have more than tripled in the last two years, alarming residents and lawmakers.

Read the full story on Reuters

28 Dec 2015 description

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government has accepted the advice of the Disaster Relief Fund Advisory Committee and approved from the Disaster Relief Fund a grant of $3.093 million to Oxfam Hong Kong for providing relief to flood victims in Tamil Nadu, India.

09 Jul 2015 description
report Hong Kong Red Cross

The Hong Kong Observatory issued the No. 8 Northwest Gale or Storm Signal at 4.40pm today (July 9).

The Home Affairs Department has so far opened 22 temporary shelters, with a total of 196 people seeking refuge at the shelters.

The 1823 government call centre received a total of two reports of fallen trees.

No report of flooding has been received.

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16 Dec 2014 description
report Hong Kong Red Cross

In view of the cold weather, the Home Affairs Department has opened 14 temporary shelters for people in need of refuge from the cold this evening.

The temporary shelters will remain open until 8.30am tomorrow.

Anyone seeking temporary refuge may call the department's hotline 2835 1473 for more information.

The 14 temporary cold shelters are located at:

Hong Kong Districts:

Central and Western - Sai Ying Pun Community Hall 3/F, Sai Ying Pun Community Complex, 2 High Street, Sai Ying Pun

17 Aug 2014 description
report Hong Kong Red Cross

Hong Kong ‧16 August 2014) The Hong Kong Red Cross (HKRC) launches the first “Chinese Traditional Character” version of the Red Cross First Aid App today (16 August) for popularizing first aid and empowering mobile phone users to act in emergency.

23 Sep 2013 description

The Hong Kong Observatory issued the No. 8 Southwest Gale or Storm Signal at 12.25am today (September 23) to replace the No. 8 Northwest Gale or Storm Signal. Severe Typhoon Usagi has weakened into a typhoon.

According to the Hospital Authority, as at 1am, a total of 10 people, including seven males and three females have sought medical treatment at the Accident and Emergency Departments at public hospitals. Four of them were admitted, while the other six were discharged after treatment.

23 Sep 2013 description

The Hong Kong Observatory issued the No. 8 Southwest Gale or Storm Signal at 12.25am today (September 23) to replace the No. 8 Northwest Gale or Storm Signal. Usagi is gradually moving away from Hong Kong and continues to weaken in strength.

According to the Hospital Authority, as at 3am, a total of 13 people, including nine males and four females, aged between 29 and 73, have sought medical treatment at the Accident and Emergency Departments at public hospitals. Seven of them were admitted, while the other six were discharged after treatment.

22 Sep 2013 description

The Hong Kong Observatory issued the No. 8 Northwest Gale or Storm Signal at 6.40pm today (September 22).

On cases of fallen trees, the Development Bureau has received 11 reports as at 9pm and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department one.

As at 9.30pm, the Home Affairs Department has opened 26 temporary shelters, with a total of 209 people seeking refuge at the shelters.

On air traffic, 370 passenger flights have been cancelled and 76 delayed as at 9pm.

No report of flooding or landslide has been received.