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ion with affected areas remains limited. On Monday, Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi said that “everyth
ing indicates that we can have a record of more than 1,000 dead” — a figure that some experts now believe could be conservative.
The mortuary at the central hospital in Beira “is full and dozens of bodies need to be
removed and handled in a dignified way,” according to IFRC. Beira is still flooded, which makes it impossible to bury bodies, IFRC said.
It is premature to say how many people have died while affected areas remain i
naccessible, Stephen Fonseca, regional forensics manager at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), told CNN.
On Friday morning ICRC set up a new base in Chimoio, near the border with Zimbabw
e. Fonseca said identifying victims is “a monumental task” that will take months or years rather than days or weeks.
”The agony of not knowing what happened to your loved one in a disaster like Cyclone Idai is
indescribable,” Diane Araujo, an ICRC delegate deployed to Beira, said in a statement Friday.
Use of China’s mobile payment services has skyrocketed over the past five years, with total transactions covered reaching 277.39 trillion yua
n ($41.51 trillion) in 2018 — a more than 27-fold increase from five years ago, according to the central bank.
A total of 60.53 billion mobile payment transactions were conducted last year, as a repor
t released by the People’s Bank of China Monday shows, while the figure was only 1.67 billion back in 2013.
From around 2013, with online payments dominant and mobile payments only nas
cent, to 2018, which saw mobile payments outpacing the domestic market, it is easy to observe a mo
bilization trend in payment structures, Xue Hongyan with the Suning Institute of Finance told Securities Daily.
The number of China’s online payment deals has jumped from 23.67 billion in 2013 to 2018’s 57.01 billion, and trans
action value more than doubled to 2,126.3 trillion yuan in 2018 from 1,060.78 trillion yuan five years earlier.
online news service focusing on China’s mobile payment industry, said to Securities Daily he
expects the run-up of cashless payments will maintain for three to five years until it takes up as much sha
re of consumption as possible, as consumers incrementally wade farther into cashless payments.
Data from PBOC revealed banking financial institutions in 2018 conducted 220.31 billion deals in non-cash paym
ents involving 3,768.67 trillion yuan, a rise of 36.94 percent and 0.23 percent year-on-year respectively.
In the same period non-banking payment institutions, mainly referring to third-party online payment service providers, had 530.61 b
illion deals, surging 85.05 percent, and the transaction volume was 208.07 trillion yuan, up 45.23 percent fro
m the previous year. Mobile payment platforms Alipay and WeChat Pay occupy over 90 percent of market share.
By the end of 2018, a total of 424 commercial banks and 115 payment institutio
ns were connected to a unified clearing platform set up by the Payment and Clearing Association of China, PBOC said.
players, especially when they happen at home. I hope that 10 years la
ter this team of players will still be remembered for what they did at the World Cup.”
Around 8,000 spectators packed into the arena to witness the draw, whi
ch was conducted by Chinese pop star Yang Chaoyue, a member of the idol group Rock
et Girls 101, and NBA legend Kobe Bryant, and was staged in conjunction with FIBA’s global partner Tencent Sports.
After going 0-5 at the 2016 Rio Olympics and failing to qualify for the last World Cup, in 2
014 in Spain, Asian Games champion China is under heavy pressure to deliver an improved performance at home.
Should China emerge from Group A, it will face one of the top two
teams from a tougher-looking Group B, which features Argentina, Russia, South Korea and Nigeria.
on average, while the corresponding number for a dog is 4,723 yuan, said the report.
Much of a pet’s expenses are on food. For a cat, it is about 1,340 yuan, with medical care requiring 742 yuan on average.
“About 41 percent of the 99.8 million pet-keeping Chinese households now have cats,
and the number is still growing,” said Neil Wang, president of Frost & Sullivan China.
In addition to 67 million pet cats, there are more, adopted or given by friends and families, the company’s report said.
This has spawned a cat culture of sorts, spanning a variety of business activities.
For instance, specialist apps offer a service called “cloud petting” for those who
do not own a pet cat. The latter can follow “cat celebrities” on social media platforms.