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  1. Blame for ecological disaster is laid at Pakistan's door

    Posted Aug 20th 2003, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... Asia's worst oil disaster occurred near Singapore in October 1997, when the Cyprus-registered Evoikos collided with the Thai supertanker Orapin Global, spilling 28,000 tonnes of heavy crude oil. ... they didn't fly is an indication that the amount of oil leaking is slowing.' But he and environmentalists warned the disaster was far from over and that changing weather could wash oil onto ...

  2. Gas blast highlights lack of disaster relief plan

    Posted Dec 29th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... safety equipment at mines, but some assessment needs to be made on whether the money is being spent appropriately. In places where unlicensed mines are shut down only to be quickly opened again, ... emergency response system. Even if risks from industrial accidents such as these can and should be reduced, there will always be a need to mobilise rescue efforts during natural disasters. Last ...

  3. A small fortune in goodwill from the neighbours

    Posted Dec 28th 2003, 12:00am by Ray Cheung

    ... is pouring in for the disaster victims- much of it from nearby towns. In Kai county, where the blast took place, people have raised 50,000 yuan, mostly from small donations. It is a modest sum ... people dropped money into a red donation box. Retiree Han Suyao, 67, lives on a monthly pension of 200 yuan but was quick to offer 5,000 yuan to help families devastated by the disaster. 'I ...

  4. 'We were never told of the dangers'

    Posted Dec 28th 2003, 12:00am by Ray Cheung

    ... people returning to their farms. The central government is already using the disaster to promote tighter safety standards. Xinhua quoted an industrial safety agency official saying the disaster ...

  5. 'I ran for five hours to get away'

    Posted Dec 28th 2003, 12:00am by Ray Cheung

    ... 50 of its 1,000 residents died. Her story is familiar among the survivors. Families and lives are shattered. In the aftermath of the disaster, people gave a harrowing account ...

  6. The killing fields are still their home

    Posted Dec 30th 2003, 12:00am by Ray Cheung

    ... even if it opens again. 'I need to make money but I'm not that crazy you know.' The disaster was not bad news for some people. Five days before the blast, Li Guanjun had returned ...

  7. School set ablaze by runaway car

    Posted Dec 17th 2003, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... Nick Squires in Sydney Witnesses rescue toddlers caught under burning wreckage at Australian nursery Firefighters and passers-by were hailed as heroes yesterday after they helped rescue children from an inferno ignited when a car ploughed into their Sydne ...

  8. Second fireworks explosion in a week kills three, injures 24

    Posted Aug 01st 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... An explosion in a fireworks factory yesterday killed at least three people and injured more than 24 in Fujian province, three days after a similar accident left 29 dead and 91 injured in Hebei province. Blasts tore apart the Jingxi Fireworks Factory at 8. ...

  9. Cover-up of mine disaster shakes Xinhua

    Posted Sep 28th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Journalists received money and gold in return for playing down seriousness of accident Eleven reporters, including four from Xinhua, have been disciplined for accepting bribes in return for covering up one of Shanxi province's worst mining accidents ...

  10. Caution and confidence ahead of first manned space flight

    Posted Sep 16th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Every precaution is being taken to ensure the successful launch of the country's first manned space flight next month, a leading rocket scientist says. Long Lehao, deputy director ... last month in Brazil that destroyed a rocket also killed 21 people and injured 20. Both incidents have raised fears about China's first manned space trip. But Mr Long insisted the accident ...




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