Hurricane Florence 2018 – United States: Information Bulletin 1
Hurricane Florence made landfall as a category 1 storm in North Carolina of the United States (U.S.) in the morning of 14 September. The storm brought strong winds, heavy rains and catastrophic flash flood across several states in the east coast of the U.S. An estimated 1 million people have been affected by power cuts. Although Hurricane Florence is now downgraded to a tropical depression, the storms’ strength continues to carry threats of floods, tornadoes and mudslides. The full extent of the destruction by the storm will be clearer in the coming days.
Hong Kong Hit by Strong Typhoon Mangkhut
Hong Kong Red Cross provides emergency relief and psychological support service to affected citizens with volunteer support
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. The HKRC had also sent relief materials including clothing and daily necessities to the temporary shelters in Tai O and Pokfulam Village, Fanling, Lei Yue Mun and Tai Po for people in need.
Typhoon Mangkhut 2018 - Philippines: Information Bulletin 1
Typhoon Mangkhut made landfall in early morning local time on Baggao municipality of Cagayan province, situated on the northern part of the Philippines. According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the typhoon reached category 4 when landing, with destructive wind up to 200km/hour. As of 11:00am on 15 Sept, windspeed of the typhoon slightly weaken, however still brought torrential rains to a vast area.
Yunnan Mojiang Earthquake 2018: Work Report
A magnitude 5.9 earthquake hit Mojiang County, Pu'er Prefecture of Yunnan Province at 10:31 am on 8 September 2018, local time. The epicenter was located in Tongguan Township of Mojiang County, with a focal depth of 11 km. Apart from Pu'er Prefecture, the tremor was felt across neighboring prefectures, including Yuxi, Kunming, etc. According to the local government’s report, as at 10 September, 105,800 people were affected by the disaster, 20 people were injured, 15,000 people were temporary displaced, more than 5,000 houses were seriously damaged and collapsed.
Japan Earthquake 2018: Information Bulletin 1
On 6 September, a 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck the island of Hokkaido, the northern part of Japan. The earthquake caused massive landslides, and damaged houses, infrastructure and roads. At least 8 people have been reported dead, and 300 injured, more than 3,500 people were evacuated. Power and water supplies have been cut off on the Island of some 5.5 million residents. Search and rescue efforts are underway.
World First Aid Day 2018
Hong Kong Red Cross Promotes “Building a Resilient Community”
To echo to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ (IFRC) call, the Hong Kong Red Cross (HKRC) has chosen “Let’s Build a Resilient Community” as the theme of the “World First Aid Day 2018” (8 September), with the aim to promote the knowledge of disaster preparedness, first aid and road safety to the public in order to strengthen community resilience.
Indonesia Earthquake 2018: Work Report 2
Since 29 July five major earthquakes ranging from a magnitude of 6.2 to 6.9 struck off Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara province of Indonesia with the last earthquake to hit the province on 19 August. Hundreds of strong aftershocks have followed causing panic and chaos amongst the communities. The death toll has increased to 555 people with another 7,757 people injured and more than 390,000 people displaced.