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  1. Dam's flood control capacity overstated, experts say

    Posted Sep 01st 2010, 12:00am by Toh Han Shih

    ... Toh Han Shih The flood control capacity of the Three Gorges Dam is substantially less than officially stated, analysts and former officials say. The world's largest hydroelectric project was designed to be able to hold back 22.1 billion cubic metres of floodwater, but the dam's flood-control capacity will decrease to 18.7 billion cubic metres due to sedimentation ...

  2. Officials won't say what caused Tai Po flood

    Posted Oct 29th 2010, 12:00am by Joyce Ng

    ... Joyce Ng The government says it cannot say whether its drainage work was the cause of a deadly flood in Tai Po after three months of investigation, enraging villagers who want to claim ... The storm caused flooding on the Tai Po River, which killed villager Lam Wing-yick and left dozens in Sha Po Tsai village homeless. Residents blamed government drainage work upstream for causing ...

  3. The Year of the Flood

    Posted Sep 05th 2010, 12:00am by James Kidd

    ... James Kidd The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood Virago, HK$104 Margaret Atwood's imagination is rarely comforting, but lately it has become a thing of terror. Following on from Oryx and Crake whose story it essentially retells, The Year of the Flood is a fable of environmental foreboding, where humans are as scarce as dodos (and almost as absurd). It is the Year 25, ...

  4. Native newts netted ahead of flood works

    Posted Nov 10th 2010, 12:00am by Simpson Cheung

    ... of improvement work in the flooding black spot. Categorised as 'near threatened' by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, it is the city's only tailed amphibian. About 14cm ... in the river like small fish, shrimps or worms,' he said. 'So they are very important.' Flat and poorly drained, the northwestern New Territories often flood. The Lam Tsuen River has ...

  5. Hainan floods drive 64,000 from homes

    Posted Oct 07th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Alice Yan The tropical island province of Hainan has been hit by its worst flooding in half a century, with seven days of heavy rain bringing up to a metre of water in some areas. More ... and Wenchang- and Lingshui county have borne the brunt of the flooding, with a metre of rainfall recorded in Qionghai. All the city's roads are blocked and staff at the local flood ...

  6. Dam project contains seeds of catastrophic flood

    Posted Oct 28th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... time ago, but authorities never acknowledged the issue, according to Fan Xiao, chief engineer of the Sichuan Geology and Mineral Bureau. After the record flood in 1998, authorities spent tens ... it off, saying that the power generated by the dam could not possibly pay for the repairs. Dong said that the debate would probably drag on until a major flood occurred, causing a massive ...

  7. Crunch time as floods cause havoc with typhoon nearing

    Posted Jul 15th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Mandy Zuo The mainland is entering a key phase of its battle against flooding as torrential rain continues to plague southern provinces and the first typhoon of the summer approaches. Flooding and landslides triggered by relentless rain mainly along the Yangtze River since early this month have left 118 dead and 47 missing. About 1.9 million hectares of crops in 10 provinces ...

  8. Flood control officials brace for worst

    Posted Jul 16th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Reporter Heavy rainstorms are about to hit many parts of the mainland just as the country faces its worst floods in more than a decade. The National Meteorological Centre warned ... and southern parts of the mainland have been flooded over the past week. Flood control officials said the situation was critical and the country could be facing its worst floods in more than a decade. ...

  9. Dam withstands peak flood test

    Posted Jul 21st 2010, 12:00am by Will Clem

    ... of water was slamming into the massive dam every second. That is even more water than passed through that section of the Yangtze River during the catastrophic floods of 1954 and 1998. But the dam proved its flood-control value by holding back 40 per cent of the torrent behind its colossal concrete wall- officials only allowed 41,400 cubic metres per second to flow downstream. By last ...

  10. Academic to monitor inquiry into fatal flood

    Posted Jul 28th 2010, 12:00am by Clifford Lo, Joyce Ng

    ... Joyce Ng and Clifford Lo A university scholar has been appointed by the government to monitor the Drainage Services Department investigation into the flood that left a villager dead ... to finish clearing boulders from the Tai Po River in a week, she said. Sha Po Chai Tsuen residents have blamed government drainage work upstream in the Tai Po River for causing the flood ...




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