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  1. Broken bolt blamed for fatal escalator reversal

    Posted Jul 07th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Stephen Chen binglin.chen@scmp.com Investigations into the sudden reversal of an escalator at a train station on Beijing Subway's Line 4 that killed one person and injured 30 others on Tuesday were continuing yesterday as suspicion centred on a broke ...

  2. 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 ... cities is irreversible, but Beijing has ambitious plans to pump water underneath several cities in the coming decade to keep them from sliding further- similar to what has been done in Shanghai ...

  3. Planning is key to cope with disaster

    Posted Jul 27th 2012, 12:00am

    ... The once-in-a-lifetime downpour that deluged Beijing at the weekend was bound to be compared with Typhoon Vicente, the worst storm to hit Hong Kong in 13 years. The two cities are both ... of the deaths were in the rural hilly outskirts of the city, places where sophisticated drainage networks would not be expected to be found. But the disaster is nonetheless a major embarrassment ...

  4. Severe flooding brings traffic chaos to Tianjin

    Posted Jul 27th 2012, 12:00am

    ... an antiques shop in Classic Cultural Street, said the downpour exposed the city's fragile drainage system and the government should learn from the flooding to improve underground facilities. She ... missing in Baoding city. Yesanpo, where 11,000 tourists were trapped by floods and mudslides on Saturday, is part of Baoding. Xinhua said Yesanpo had been paralysed by the floods, as all its ...

  5. Over 400 flights crippled by thick fog

    Posted Mar 18th 2012, 12:00am

    ... northern and eastern China. Hong Kong's Airport Authority said 30 flights were delayed between the city and Beijing, and that the traffic situation today was unclear. Beijing Capital ... were in critical condition. Witnesses said visibility was only 10 metres on the expressway at the time. Traffic in both directions remained blocked until late yesterday. Provinces and cities ...

  6. City Digest

    Posted Jul 11th 2011, 12:00am

    ... into a police car and a taxi, was also arrested for furious driving. A policeman was injured and taken to Prince of Wales Hospital. Call for independent probe into E. Asian Games An independent investigatory committee should be set up to review the 2009 East Asian Games, especially why its spending severely exceeded the budget, Civic Party legislator Tanya Chan said on the RTHK programme City ...

  7. Airlines take off amid railway woes

    Posted Jul 27th 2011, 12:00am

    ... were left in the dark for more than three hours. It was not the first hiccups in the high-speed train service between the two cities. There have been four reported service disruptions since ...

  8. Gulf opens between residents and official media over floods

    Posted Jul 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... the city get back on its feet. Citing statistics from the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Civil Affairs, the Beijing Daily reported on Thursday it had raised more than 40 million yuan by Wednesday ...

  9. Heaviest rain in 6 decades causes chaos in Beijing

    Posted Jul 23rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... considered a dry city, an orange alert- the second highest rainstorm warning- was issued for the first time in Beijing on Saturday evening. An average of 17cm of rain was recorded by 6am yesterday, ... the capital city's handling of the disaster attracted much criticism. The critics say the weekend rainstorms exposed inadequacies in the capital city's infrastructure, especially the lack ...

  10. City Digest

    Posted Oct 01st 2011, 12:00am

    ... on the braking system and guide wheels would be more frequent. An independent safety consultant would start a review this month of mechanical ride systems, maintenance and operations. HK$1.7b deficit ... who had influenza A and group A streptococcal infections. The 39-year-old holidaymaker arrived in the city on September 22. He was admitted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital on September 26 after ...




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