IFNet Newsletter August 2012 issue
August 13, 2012 / IFNet secretariat


1. Major water-related disasters from June to July, 2012
1-1.Floods in China
Floods triggered by strong rainfall since June 20 have left 50 people dead and 42 missing in 399 counties in Inner Mongolia, Zhejiang, Fujian, Jiangxi, Hubei, Hunan, Guangdong, Guangxi, Chongqing, Sichuan and Guizhou, with 1.247 million in urgent need of aid, as of June 29.
1-2.Landslide and Flood in Bangladesh
Flash floods and landslides for five days of heavy rain since 22nd of June caused serious disaster, which at least 100 people have died and 250,000 left stranded in Chittagong, Bandarban and Coxfs Bazar. Days of heavy rain have caused mud banks to collapse, burying houses and blocking roads.
1-3.Floods in India
Floods triggered by torrential monsoon rains have left 79 people dead and 2.2million forced to leave their homes as of 2nd of July in Assam state which borders Bhutan and Bangladesh where Brahmaputra River have breached its banks, while extensive flooding has hit the states of Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur.
1-4.Landslide in Uganda
A series of landslides in 25th of June covers three villages in Bududa District near Mount Elgon. More than 100 people were missing and about 30 confirmed killed, while more than 400,000 people could allegedly require humanitarian aid as the rain intensified, forcing them to abandon for fear of further landslides.
1-5.Floods and landslides in Russia
Flash floods triggered after 280mm of the two monthsf average rainfall fell in a few hours in 6th of July have left 171 people dead in Krymsk in Krasnodar region near Black Sea. In addition to the dead, 320 people allegedly sought medical assistance.
1-6. Rainstorm in Beijing in China
The heaviest rainstorm in six decades in 21st of July has left 77 people dead, 66,000 people evacuated and 2 million people affected in Beijing, where the subway system and roads of urban areas in the capital were largely inundated.
1-7. Floods in Nigeria
A flood triggered by the heavy rainfall in 22nd of July which has forced Lamingo Dam to overflow has left 47 people dead, 36 people missing and more than 200 houses destroyed in Jos, Plateau State capital.
1-8. Flood in North Korea
Flooding caused by typhoon Khanun and downpour between July 18th and 24th in the almost areas of Democratic Peoplefs of Korea left 88 people dead, 134 people injured and 12,030 houses inundated, where the biggest human loses were reportedly in Sinyang and Songchon counties of South Phyongan Province.
2. World Ministerial Conference on Disaster Reduction in Tohoku
World Ministerial Conference on Disaster Reduction in Tohoku was held on July 3rd and 4th for the purpose to share experiences and lessons learned from recent large-scale natural disasters, including Great East Japan Earthquake, to conduct discussions at ministerial level on the major themes related to disaster reduction. It also aims at building resilient societies and supporting discussions on establishing post-Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) in the third World Conference on Disaster Reduction in 2015 (which Japan has announced its intention to host).
The detailed information will be found on the below Website.
3. Support for training of Capacity Development of Policy Making in CCA
In May 2012, IDI supported JICAfs training course gCapacity Development of Policy Making in Climate Change Adaption (CCA) in Water Sector (B)h that 2 legislators and 8 government officials from Viet Nam have participated to learn policy and useful measures for climate change adaption in Japan. IDI arranged the lectures from Prof. Koike (The Tokyo University), MLIT, JMA, and JICA. In addition, participants had made field trips to the site for fascine mattress method (Soda-Chinsho) in Niigata Prefecture, flood disaster-affected site in Nara Prefecture, and Rokko Sabo Office.
After this training course, participants from Viet Nam are expected to develop and promote the legislation on the disaster risk management and restoration in their country.
IFNet is an open network, purpose of the activities is to share experiences and information on flood issues. We look forward to your active participation and flood related information to be shared among participants. Please email to the IFNet secretariat for contact.
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Tokyo, Japan
August 2012
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