In Brief

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 30 April, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 30 April, 2009, 12:00am

22 people released from hospital after suspected food poisoning

Local health authorities say 22 people had been discharged from hospital by yesterday after they recovered from suspected food poisoning in Gansu province . A total of 94 people in four villages developed symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhoea, according to the health bureau of Yuzhong county, the worst-hit area. An investigation showed most of the patients, aged between three and 71, had eaten a wheat snack sold by a street vendor. The county's food safety supervision bureau began to tests samples of the snack, called niangpi, early yesterday morning and the result was expected to be announced tomorrow. The police were looking for the vendor. Niangpi is popular in the northwest, including Gansu and Qinghai provinces. Staff Reporter

Work starts on ambitious dam project in Xinjiang

Work on a US$315 million hydropower plant has started in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in the far west. The project is at 3,300 metres above sea level and will be the first and largest of five planned hydropower stations along the Gez River in the Kirgiz Autonomous Prefecture, Xinhua said. Upon completion in 2012, it is forecast to generate 673 million kWh of electricity a year. Officials said the project could bring economic benefits and improve irrigation and flood control. The mainland has been on a dam-building binge in recent years as it struggles to meet growing energy demands. But environmentalists and scholars warn that the dam frenzy may bring long-lasting consequences to the ecosystem. Staff Reporter

Two Koreans among four dead in minibus crash

At least four people, including two South Koreans, have been killed in a road accident in Fujian province , the local publicity authority says. A minibus collided with a bus at about 9.15am on a main road in Fuqing city. Four minibus passengers, including the Koreans, were killed at the scene and two other Koreans were injured, according to the municipal government of provincial capital Fuzhou. Police detained the driver of the bus. Staff Reporter