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Disasters

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  • Victims of last week’s 7.0-magnitude in Ya’an, in China’s Sichuan province, are facing outbreaks of diarrhea, with health personnel making water disinfection and monitoring a top priority.
  • A large earthquake, measured by China's earthquake administration at magnitude 7.0 and by the U.S. Geological Survey at 6.6, hit Sichuan Province this weekend killing at least 186 people and injuring more than 8,000, according to Chinese state-run news agency Xinhua.
  • Asia has once again topped the United Nations’ list of the regions most a risk for natural disasters, both in terms of the number of disasters and the number of victims, according to a new report from the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).