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  1. News - China - INFRASTRUCTURE

    Rain-damaged roads cost billions

    Posted Aug 14th 2012, 12:00am by STEPHEN CHEN

    ... Stephen Chen binglin.chen@scmp.com Heavy rain causes subsidence on highways across Gansu, landing government with huge bill for repairs Rain-damaged roads cost billions Sections of nearly ... of G30 was plagued by cracks and holes only half a year after completion. In one part, drivers had to go over 30 kilometres of road that "seemed to be bombarded by artillery shells," ...

  2. News - China - CONSTRUCTION

    Concern after deadly bridge collapses on mainland

    Posted Aug 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... rushed. The situation had become particularly severe in recent years as the government put huge investment into infrastructure development to boost the economy, create jobs and keep gross domestic ... Stephen Chen binglin.chen@scmp.com Experts say 18 collapses since 2007 is not true figure and blame poor quality and undue haste Concern over mainland bridge safety Safety a concern after ...

  3. Floods kill eight, affect half a million

    Posted Jun 27th 2012, 12:00am

    ... (HK$860 million) since Thursday. Thirty-four counties and cities have been battered by rainstorms and more than half a million people affected, the province's Emergency Management Office ... houses to collapse and ruined 1.6 million hectares of crops. The state office warned that southern China still faced a severe flood-control situation. ...

  4. Coal mines targeted

    Posted Oct 07th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... China Shenhua Energy will consider acquiring small coal mines ordered closed by the government on safety concerns, according to chairman Chen Biting. Speaking after the company's announcement of an 80.1 per cent jump in first-half net profit to 7.8 billion yuan, Mr Chen said the company would look at opportunities to buy such coal mines of less than 90,000 tonnes of annual ...

  5. Severe flooding brings traffic chaos to Tianjin

    Posted Jul 27th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Stephen Chen binglin.chen@scmp.com Heavy rain that hit Tianjin yesterday unleashed severe flooding and paralysed traffic, although there were no reports of fatalities. Unlike in Beijing, ... infrastructure such as roads and telecommunications, were seriously damaged. ...

  6. Planning is key to cope with disaster

    Posted Jul 27th 2012, 12:00am

    ... for an impressive skyline. There is a measure of truth in that, but the disaster has revealed a more pressing problem - a severe lack of emergency preparedness. With annual rainfall in southern China almost four times as much as in the north, it would be wrong to make comparisons about infrastructure. Hong Kong is prone to powerful storms and the experience of destructive winds and rain has ...

  7. Cities are facing a sinking problem

    Posted Mar 12th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Stephen Chen binglin.chen@scmp.com Beijing, Shanghai and Xian share an alarming problem that is raising a few eyebrows: they're slowly sinking. In fact, more than 50 mainland cities ... in recent years. Tao Qingfa, deputy director of the Ministry of Land and Resources' geological environment department, which conducted the survey, said on the ministry's website ...

  8. Agency admits weak infrastructure for food and drug safety

    Posted Jul 11th 2007, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... containing many pledges to improve supervision amid intense international pressure. Administration spokeswoman Yan Jiangying said: 'As a developing country, China's food and drug supervision began relatively late and the infrastructure remains comparatively weak. 'Therefore, we cannot be optimistic about the food and drug safety situation we are facing.' Beijing ...

  9. Onslaught continues as south braces for storms

    Posted Jul 17th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Stephen Chen binglin.chen@scmp.com Heavy downpours that swept across southern China last week have returned, stronger and spreading across a greater area- threatening to compound problems ... entering the reservoir every second, the station generated more than half a billion kilowatt hours of electricity yesterday, enough to 'light up half of China', the company said ...

  10. Guangdong only has enough water for half its needs

    Posted Feb 15th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Yi Hu and Dikky Sinn Guangdong faces a water shortage of 7 billion cubic metres- nearly half of its needs until the spring flood season in April. The province's Flood Control ... yesterday. Agricultural and industrial users would account for 80 per cent of demand, the news agency said. The report said the Dongjiang region, one of the most developed areas in Guangdong, ...




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