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Typhoon Haima affected 1.69 Million people in south China’s Guangdong province

There have been no reports of casualties following the timely evacuation of 668,000 people to safer areas

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Beijing, October 23, 2016: Disasters brought by Typhoon Haima have affected 1.69 million people in south China’s Guangdong province, said the civil affairs department on Sunday.

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Typhoon Haima barrelled into Guangdong on Friday, triggering sudden downpour in several cities, Xinhau news agency reported.

There have been no reports of casualties following the timely evacuation of 668,000 people to safer areas.

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The department has received reports of damage to 2,749 houses and some 178,000 hectares of crops. The department estimated that the economic losses total 3.5 billion yuan ($517 million).

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The typhoon caused power outages to 2.12 million households. By Saturday, 95.5 per cent of them had regained power supply, thanks to emergency repairs by the provincial power grid company. (IANS)

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Sleep Disturbances Associated with Mental Health Problems Among Natural Disaster Survivors

The researchers surveyed survivors for two years after the earthquake and found that 94 per cent participant reported experiencing insomnia symptoms and subsequent risk after the disaster

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Insufficient sleep is associated with a wide range of mental health issues. Pixabay

Sleep disturbances are associated with mental health problems among survivors of a natural disaster even two years after the tragedy, according to a study.

Published in the journal Sleep, the study involved 165 participants (52 per cent men) with an average age of about 31 years. Participants were living in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, one of the areas affected by the 2010 earthquake.

According to the survey, it was the most devastating earthquake in the country’s history. The disaster killed almost 200,000 people and displaced more than 1 million residents.

“This is one of the first epidemiological studies to investigate the prevalence of sleep disturbances among survivors of the 2010 Haiti earthquake,” said study lead author Judite Blanc from the New York University.

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A graduate from Columbia University’s School of Engineering sleeps during the university’s commencement ceremony in New York, May 16, 2012. VOA

“Our study underscores the strong association between common trauma-related disorders and comorbid sleep conditions among a group of survivors,” Blanc said.

The researchers surveyed survivors for two years after the earthquake and found that 94 per cent participant reported experiencing insomnia symptoms and subsequent risk after the disaster.

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Two years later, 42 per cent showed clinically significant levels of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and nearly 22 per cent had symptoms of depression. Resilience did not appear to be a buffer against sleep disturbance.

“Findings from our study highlight the need to assess and treat sleep issues among disaster survivors, as they are highly prevalent after a natural disaster and are related to mental health conditions, our work supports the importance of sleep in disaster preparedness programs globally,” said Blanc. (IANS)