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  1. Fight natural disasters with nature

    Posted Jan 14th 2005, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... redevelopment will make coastal and island communities just as vulnerable to future natural disasters as they were to the tsunami. Nearly 40 island nations- attending a UN conference in Mauritius this week on the vulnerability of small island states to natural disasters and climate change- are expected to endorse this call. 'Healthy ecosystems can save lives,' says Isabelle Louis, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/485414/fight-natural-disasters-nature
  2. Past natural disaster tolls will remain in the past

    Posted Sep 23rd 2005, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... natural disasters despite no longer considering the numbers state secrets, a senior official said yesterday. The announcement last week the figures were now declassified sparked hope the central ... for the figures of natural disasters in the past, we will not make any revision,' Mr Jia said. 'Some of these have not been publicised, while some have. 'For example, the death toll from ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/517390/past-natural-disaster-tolls-will-remain-past
  3. New satellite centre helps predict natural disasters

    Posted Oct 06th 2005, 12:00am by Norma Connolly

    ... will be fully operational next year. It is the first of its kind in Hong Kong. As well as predicting natural disasters like floods and landslides which plague the mainland and other parts of Asia, the station could also monitor tsunamis, earthquakes and typhoons, the institute's director, Lin Hui, said yesterday. He said the station was 'more effective for disasters that last a long ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/519197/new-satellite-centre-helps-predict-natural-disasters
  4. Veil lifted on natural disaster death tolls

    Posted Sep 13th 2005, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma in Beijing The mainland will no longer treat death tolls from natural disasters as state secrets. Xinhua reported Shen Yongshe, a deputy director of the National ... the protection of state secrets in civil affairs issued in 2000, death tolls and the number of refugees in natural disasters were regarded as state secrets. Other state secrets handled by the Ministry ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/516086/veil-lifted-natural-disaster-death-tolls
  5. Disaster area visit will go ahead despite quake

    Posted Mar 31st 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... with Robin Kwong A planned visit to disaster-struck areas in Indonesia will go on as planned despite a second devastating earthquake, chairman of the Hong Kong Performing Artists' Guild Eric Tsang Chi-wai says. Tsang and Jackie Chan were earlier invited for a three-day visit on April 17 by the Indonesian government. Tsang confirmed that the trip will still take place. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/494830/disaster-area-visit-will-go-ahead-despite-quake
  6. Tsunami letters

    Posted Jan 03rd 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Tell us about your experience during the Asian tsunami disaster and its continuing harrowing aftermath. Or tell us and other readers your thoughts on the disaster and the relief efforts. Share your views: write to us. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/484018/tsunami-letters
  7. Revealed: HK's killer wave disaster plan

    Posted Feb 27th 2005, 12:00am by Simon Parry

    ... the huge wave struck. Secretary for Security Ambrose Lee Siu-kwong will on Saturday launch a year-long public information drive- 'Safer living- reducing natural disaster campaign'- ... announcements and lectures are expected to be organised throughout the year to hammer home information on what to do if a tsunami approaches the city or if another type of natural disaster strikes. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/490563/revealed-hks-killer-wave-disaster-plan
  8. Disaster-ready

    Posted Feb 27th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... How well equipped is Hong Kong to cope with a natural disaster? Is a major public education drive necessary? Share your views: write to us ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/490537/disaster-ready
  9. Wetlands plan to lessen damage from disasters

    Posted Feb 24th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to maintain the fragile ecological system in the delta and reduce damage from natural disasters, including floods, typhoon or tsunami. The director also said China would launch a nation-wide programme ... to preserve 50 hectares of nearby natural wetlands, a staff worker for the administration said. Guangdong has 1.84 million hectares of wetlands, accounting for about 11 per cent of its total ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/490177/wetlands-plan-lessen-damage-disasters
  10. Real challenge of disaster lies ahead

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

    ... into the future. That is what a catastrophe on this scale requires. Sadly, the experience of previous disasters suggests that memories will be short. It will not be so easy to sustain the drive to help ... shelters. If any disaster is capable of bringing the world closer together, then surely it is the tsunami. The strength of the global response is partly due to the sheer number of lives which have ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/483930/real-challenge-disaster-lies-ahead

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