(Hong Kong, 22 September 2017) Bangladesh experienced several cyclones and floods this year, including cyclone “Mora” in May. Furthermore, owing to the violence in Rakhine State of Myanmar, a large number of people fled to Bangladesh’s border area Cox’s Bazar, adding burdens to the already suffering region. All these disasters and issues lead to shortage of resources and rising humanitarian needs. People are in urgent need for relief service and materials, including temporary shelters, food, water, sanitations, daily necessities, medical service and psychological support.
In late August, a new wave of conflict broke out in the Rakhine State of Myanmar which has led to an influx of people crossing the border. Over the last two weeks, more than 300,000 people have crossed into Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Together with the people who fled into the country since 2012, Bangladesh is now hosting about 500,000 people from Myanmar. Most of them are living in temporary shelters and in urgent needs of basic humanitarian assistance.
On 23 August 2017, Typhoon Hato swept through southern China, bringing high winds and heavy rainfall to Hong Kong, Macau, Guangdong, Guangxi, etc. Authorities in Macau reported that the typhoon killed 10 people and injured 244. In Guangdong, Guangxi, Fujian, Guizhou and Yunnan provinces, the typhoon caused 11 deaths. One person was reported missing and 741,000 people were affected in total. More than 6,600 houses collapsed, with an economic loss of over RMB 12 billion.
Hong Kong Red Cross Actions
(Intercepted from Macau Daily) Vice President of the Macau Red Cross Central Council Chou Kuok Hei and Eliza Y L Cheung, representative of Hong Kong Red Cross, denoted that both regional Red Cross Societies have started their post-disaster psychological support, which includes hotline inquiries, home visits, and psychological counseling talks. When a psychological counseling is in session, volunteers from both places will be in attendance. The aim is to take good advantage of the Hong Kong professionals’ expertise, while pairing with Macau volunteers’ familiarity of local culture.
Since May 2017, continuous rainstorms, hailstorms and typhoons have caused severe floods and landslides in more than 10 provinces or prefectures in the Mainland, including Hunan, Jiangxi, Guizhou, Guangxi and Jilin. More than 14 million people were affected, over than 1.3 million people were evacuated. More than 20,000 houses collapsed, with an economic loss of over RMB20 billion.
An earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale took place in Ludian County of Zhaotong Prefecture, Yunnan Province on 3 August, 2014. About 4,000 people were killed or injured, with more than 210,000 houses collapsed or seriously damaged. Hong Kong Red Cross (HKRC) completed all relief activities in September 2014. It is expected that our reconstruction projects will be completed by the end of this year. The total number of beneficiaries is estimated at 200,000 person-times.
Hong Kong Red Cross Actions
Further to the last situation update , Somalia continues to be one of the worst-affected countries, as forecast by the Famine Early Warning Systems (FEWS) Network and the International Red Cross, famine is likely to be declared in late 2017 in the state of Puntland, Somaliland and South West, Somalia.
Further to the last situation update on refuges movement due to the South Sudan crisis, the people movement into its neighboring country - Sudan is also increasing intense. Sudan has received the second highest number of refugees coming from South Sudan, after Uganda. Sudan is hosting more than 417,000 South Sudanese refugees, including 137,000 people arrived since the beginning 2017.
A Richter scale 6.5 magnitude earthquake has struck the island of Leyte, Philippines on 6 July 2017 around 16:00 local time. Strong to very strong ground shaking was experienced in Tacloban and Ormoc cities and neighboring province of Cebu. At least 241 aftershocks have been record but no tsunami warning is raised.
Based on the government report as of today, 2 deaths and 72 injuries are confirmed in Leyte, mainly due to the collapsed buildings. 6 people were rescued from a collapsed building. A landslide was reported in Leyte.
Since May 2017, China has been affected by continuous rainstorms and hailstorms. In mid-June, the heaviest rainfall in the year caused severe floods and landslides in many provinces, with over 10 million people affected. Sichuan, Jiangxi, Guizhou, Hunan, Zhejiang and Guangxi provinces are amongst the hardest hit.
According to the Ministry of Civil Affairs, 11 provinces in the Mainland have been affected by floods and landslides since 29 June, latest situation as below:
No. of affected people: 11.08 million
On 30 May 2017, Cyclone Mora made landfall on Bangladesh’s coastal district of Cox’s Bazar. High winds, heavy rain and tidal surges triggered severe floods and landslides and immediately killed 7 people. 55,000 houses were destroyed and 3.3 million people were affected in Cox’s Bazar, Chittagong, Bandarban, and Rangmati districts. Two weeks after the landfall, torrential rains continued to batter the country, more landslides have killed an additional 144 people and injured over 700 people.
Since May 2017, over 20 provinces in the Mainland have been affected by continuous rainstorms and hailstorms. On 21 June, the heaviest rainfall in the year has caused severe floods and landslides, affecting millions of people in 9 provinces, of which, Sichuan, Jiangxi, Guizhou, Hunan and Zhejiang provinces were particularly hard hit.
On 24 June, a massive landslide swept over Xinmo village of Sichuan province. According to the Ministry of Civil Affairs, as of 27 June, 10 people died, 93 were reported missing. Over 300 people were evacuated.
The recent food crisis in Africa has deteriorated during the past few months. As of to-date, an estimated 35 million people are in need of urgent food assistance in 11 African countries which includes the worst affected Somalia, Nigeria, South Sudan and Ethiopia. Other countries facing serious situation are Kenya, Cameroon, while Malawi, Namibia, Niger, Zimbabwe and Chad are also among the affected.
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.
Thursday, July 9, 2015 Issued at HKT 20:20
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