Five Years On from 2013 Sichuan Ya’an Earthquake
On April 20th 2013, a huge 7-magnitude earthquake hit Lushan County of Ya’an Prefecture in Sichuan Province. The quake affected 111 counties across 18 prefectures, among which the most extensively damaged counties were Lushan, Tianquan, Baoxing, Shimian and Yingjing, causing more than 250,000 houses destroyed or collapsed, 196 people died, 21 missing and over 2 million people affected.
Nepal Earthquake 2015: Three Years On
On 25 April 2015, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal and a magnitude 7.3 followed on 12 May 2015. The two earthquakes, combined with the effects of series of powerful aftershocks caused widespread devastation. More than 8,800 people perished and millions more were affected. Despite some key setbacks in the past years, such as evolving political landscape and severe monsoon floods which had hindered the recovery activities, the Nepal government and humanitarian organizations continued to work closely with communities in Nepal to rebuild their lives.
The 16th Red Cross International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Moot
Gujarat National Law University of India Takes the Championship
The 16th Red Cross International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Moot (Asia-Pacific Region) was held from 7 to 10 March, in which over a hundred of law students from different Asia-Pacific cities gathered in Hong Kong and participated. A total of 24 teams of law students, including two local teams of Hong Kong, competed in a series of simulated trials of controversial issues related to armed conflicts and humanitarian challenges.
Syria Crisis: 7 Years On
Seven years since the Syria Crisis started in 2011, fighting and violence still continue in different parts of Syria, despite occasional and localized ceasefires. Starting from November 2017, fighting intensified especially in Eastern Ghouta, near the capital city, Damascus. Civilians have been killed or injured during the fights, essential services, for example medical facilities, were reported to be damaged. Two branches of Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) in rural Damascus were also damaged in the hostilities in the last week of February 2018 and the response capacity has been heavily affected. Humanitarian and civilian facilities should not be targeted and the SARC calls all parties to neutralize humanitarian facilities, aid workers and staff in the crisis areas.
Bangladesh Crises 2017: Work Report 4
Six months have passed since August 2017 when the last round of violence in the Rakhine State of Myanmar began. Recent reports indicated that approximately 866,000 people (note 1) from Rakhine State are now displaced in Cox’s Bazar of Bangladesh. Many of these displaced persons are vulnerable groups of people, including single mothers, unaccompanied children and people with disabilities. Most of the displaced arrived in Bangladesh with almost nothing, whom at the moment almost entirely dependent on humanitarian assistance to meet their basic needs.
The 15th Anniversary of “Pass-it-On Campaign”
Collective “Love & Care” Strengthen the Humanitarian Force
The 15th “Pass-it-On Campaign”, organized by the Hong Kong Red Cross (HKRC), has successfully engaged support from the general public over the last three months, empowering the humanitarian force for the HKRC to sustain and develop its humanitarian services for the deprived population, so as to bring warmth and love to them.
Taiwan (Hualien) Earthquake 2018: Information Bulletin 1
A magnitude 6 earthquake hit Hualien County, Taiwan at 11:50 pm on 6 February 2018. So far over one hundred aftershocks were recorded, including the strongest ones of magnitude close to 4. According to the information provided by Central Operation Emergency Center of Taiwan, as of 7 February 2018 at 2 pm, 4 people were reported killed, 243 injured and 85 still missing. The earthquake has caused buildings to collapsed, electricity of 113 households and water supply of 35,000 households suspended. The Hualien County Government has closed all schools today.