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  1. 1950s-built dams in danger of collapsing

    Posted Jun 30th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Shirley Wu Nearly 40 per cent of China's dams are in danger of collapsing if the wet weather continues and urgent maintenance is not carried out, an expert has warned. Shen Zhenzhong, a Hohai University professor of water resources based in Nanjing, attributes the problem to a lack of maintenance. Professor Shen said many of the dams, built in the 1950s, required large-scale ...

  2. Revised plan for dam project

    Posted Mar 06th 2005, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma in Beijing The central government will allow some of the 13 dams in the controversial Nujiang hydroelectric project in Yunnan province to be built. But it will put ... year after environmentalists claimed it would cause widespread damage and force thousands of villagers from their homes. 'The construction of one to two dams which have less impact ...

  3. Lifting of secrecy veil sheds light on worst dam tragedy

    Posted Oct 02nd 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Chan Siu-sin Mainland officials have for the first time in 30 years publicly discussed details of the nation's worst dam disaster- the 1975 dam bursts in Zhumadian, Henan province. Scientists had admitted that the tragedy was a 'man-made calamity rather than a natural one', according to a Xinhua report. 'Official statistics recorded 30 years after the dam bursts ...

  4. Dam fine sight

    Posted Feb 22nd 2005, 12:00am by Paul Moon, Paul Mooney

    ... Paul Mooney The Three Gorges Dam might be controversial, but tourists enjoy it While the number of travelers along the Yangtze River has tumbled in recent years as a result of the opening of the Three Gorges Dam, the mammoth project is fast becoming a tourist attraction in its own right, with 5,000 visitors coming to the dam site each day during peak months of the year. 'The Three ...

  5. Dam project to start amid controversy

    Posted Dec 10th 2005, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... Shi Jiangtao in Beijing Work will begin on the mainland's second-biggest dam this month, despite a controversy over building it in a national fish-conservation area and the eviction ... the country's top energy official, said recently the Xiluodu dam was expected to play an important role in easing an acute energy shortage. 'The conditions for the construction of the dam have been ...

  6. Three Gorges Dam doubts all water under the bridge

    Posted Nov 07th 2005, 12:00am by Elaine Chan

    ... complained of too little sleep and too many cigarettes. They were stressful days at China Yangtze Power, the operator of the Three Gorges Dam, as it underwent a programme to offload millions of yuan ... he says. Yangtze Power is no newcomer to being in the spotlight; hydropower stations and dams in the mainland and abroad alike have come in for widespread and intense public condemnation ...

  7. Exodus forced by dam under way

    Posted Dec 13th 2005, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... with being forced from their homes to make way for a controversial dam. Construction of the 186-metre-high Pubugou dam on the Dadu River in Hanyuan county recently resumed after it had been halted ... fertile,' Mr Ji said. 'But we have no other choice but to accept the deal as the authorities are so determined to build the dam. We don't petition the government any more.' Mr Ji ...

  8. Russia tries to divert imminent toxic slick with dam

    Posted Dec 09th 2005, 12:00am by Elaine Wu

    ... Elaine Wu Russia is building a dam to divert the approaching toxic slick in the Songhua River in an effort to minimise damage to its water supplies. Yury Darman, director of the Worldwide Fund for Nature Russia's Amur branch, said authorities planned to finish the dam in 10 days, before the toxic chemicals flowed past the far-eastern city of Khabarovsk on the Amur River. He ...

  9. Waves of ethnic discontent rise up against Tiger Leaping Gorge dam

    Posted Mar 22nd 2005, 12:00am by Ray Cheung

    ... a proposal by the provincial government and Huaneng Energy Corp to build a 276-metre-high dam on its famed Tiger Leaping Gorge, part of an eight-dam project on the Jinsha's middle reaches. Supporters pitch the Tiger Leaping Gorge dam as a hydroelectric project and a water-supply scheme. Yunnan party secretary Bai Enpei said the dams would help meet the water needs of the provincial ...

  10. Dams closed in effort to contain toxic spill

    Posted Dec 24th 2005, 12:00am by Cynthia Wan

    ... Cynthia Wan Two dams in Guangdong have been closed to contain the cadmium slick in the Beijiang, or North River, discharged by a smelting plant upstream. The Baishiyao dam at Yingde and the Feilaixia dam, halfway between Yingde and Qingyuan, have been shut to prevent the slick from spreading downstream to Foshan and Guangzhou, the China Daily reported yesterday. More than 1,000 tonnes ...




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