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China: Xiamen to Build 40 more Earthquake Emergency Shelters in Schools this Year


The death toll from a deadly quake on August 03, afternoon that jolted southwest China\'s Yunnan Province rose to nearly 400 on August 5.\r\nIn an effort to cope with a potential earthquake and improve the city’s ability to mitigate the effects of natural disasters, Xiamen will add 40 more earthquake emergency shelters in schools around the city this year. Xiamen built 42 earthquake emergency shelters across the city last year, with 13 in Siming District, 8 in Huli District, 6 in Jimei and Haicang, and 5 in both Tong’an District and Xiang’an District. 
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China: Shanghai’s Ambulance Service in Crisis as Docs Depart


Shortage of qualified medical professionals has left Shanghai\'s ambulance service stretched almost to breaking point, an industry insider said on 07 August. Despite having more than 600 ambulances, there are currently fewer than 180 emergency doctors working in the city, said Guan Min, spokesman for the Shanghai Medical Emergency Center.\r\n\"The number should be at least twice that,\" he said, \"We have plenty of ambulances, but not enough doctors.\"
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China: Illegal Ambulance Service Busted, 23 Held


Shanghai police has detained 23 people after a recent crackdown on bogus ambulance service, officers said on September 17.\r\nMost of the illegal ambulances were registered with hospitals in other provinces, and provincial police are investigating how they managed to hook up with the hospitals.\r\nFourteen second-hand vehicles were found to have been repainted and refitted with inferior quality medical equipment.\r\nA group of 10-plus people made a profit of more than 11.5 million yuan (US$1.86 million) in four years\' time, police said.
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China: Chinese Rescue Team Arrives in Myanmar to Help Search for Missing Mountaineers


Yangon: A nine-member Chinese rescue team arrived in Yangon by plane 13 Sepemberen route to Putao in northernmost Kachin state of Myanmar, to help search for two Myanmar mountaineers who have been missing on the snow-capped Mount HkakaBorazi for 13 days.\r\nThe Blue Sky Rescue (BSR) Team, which is China\'s largest civilian rescue team, will help Myanmar launch the search operation.\r\nAmong the Chinese team members are some mountaineers who once participated in mountaineering trip to the Mount Everest, the world\'s highest mountain, and had rich experiences in mountain search and rescue activities.
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China: Southern China Makes Emergency Preps for Typhoon Kalmaegi


Beijing: China\'s top observatory on September 14 evening issued a yellow alert for tropical storm as Typhoon Kalmaegi was approaching the South China Sea.\r\nChina has a four-tier color-coded warning system for severe weather, with red being the most serious, followed by orange, yellow and blue.\r\nTyphoon Kalmaegi is forecast to reach the eastern waters of the South China Sea on Monday morning when the scale is expected to weaken to 35-40 meters per second, said the National Meteorological Center (NMC).
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