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  1. A natural disaster made worse by underfunding

    Posted Jul 23rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Wang Xiangwei Is it natural disaster or man-made misfortune? A heavy rainstorm which started on Saturday afternoon and lasted until the small hours of Sunday morning has turned much ... decades, indicating that it is a natural disaster. But for many residents, it is also a man-made misfortune of a sort which could have been avoided but will continue to plague the metropolis unless ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    East Asian countries need to improve disaster plans and infrastructure

    Posted Aug 19th 2012, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... vulnerable. The region has a high incidence of natural disasters, from earthquakes and tsunami to storms. Governments have to ensure that residents do not live in danger zones. That requires planning, ... SCMP Editorial Improve disaster plans in East Asia Hong Kong is looked on enviously by its neighbours every typhoon season. While other cities battle floods and landslides, often ...

  3. News - Asia - ENVIRONMENT

    Asia’s mega-cities more vulnerable to disasters

    Posted Nov 13th 2012, 09:51pm by Agence France-Presse in Manila

    ... Agence France-Presse in Manila Asia’s cities are becoming increasingly vulnerable to natural disasters as they struggle with poor planning, population explosions and climate change, ... but not nearly enough is being done to improve their defences, the bank said. “The region has borne the brunt of the physical and economic damage of the sharp rise in natural disasters (globally) since ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Ensure people get timely information during disasters

    Posted Nov 26th 2012, 12:00am by Julian Hunt, JOY PEREIRA

    ... and death The impact of natural disasters, caused by multiple geophysical hazards, is greater in Asia than on any other continent. This is true both in mega cities and rural areas- particularly near ... countries. The Qatar summit will be negotiating levels of funding for adaptation to climate change. And this must include dealing with natural disasters at every stage- before, during and after. ...

  5. News - Hong Kong

    Lam defends liaison official's public role in ferry disaster

    Posted Oct 12th 2012, 08:36pm by Ada Lee

    ... The chief secretary has defended a Beijing liaison official’s public role after the Lamma ferry disaster, saying it was only “natural” for Beijing’s representatives to show concern at such times. Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor made the remarks on Friday, after some lawmakers criticised the government for allowing Li Gang, deputy head of the liaison office, to upstage Chief Executive ...

  6. Planning is key to cope with disaster

    Posted Jul 27th 2012, 12:00am

    ... The sure-footedness of the response does nothing to assuage concerns. So large and populous a country is bound to experience natural and manmade disasters and a well-developed recovery mechanism is in place. ... for an impressive skyline. There is a measure of truth in that, but the disaster has revealed a more pressing problem - a severe lack of emergency preparedness. With annual rainfall in southern China almost ...

  7. News - China - MOCK DRILLS

    Chinese and US militaries hold joint disaster drills

    Posted Dec 01st 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... and inevitably there will be, that will have a natural disaster, and they call for international help, if US forces and Chinese forces respond, then indeed we'll find ourselves working together ... Agence France-Presse in Chengdu Two nations express desire for closer ties after drills based on coping with emergencies PLA holds joint disaster exercise with US military The Chinese ...

  8. Business - Companies - INSURANCE

    Munich Re expands to cover disaster risks

    Posted Dec 08th 2012, 12:00am by Enoch Yiu

    ... Enoch Yiu enoch.yiu@scmp.com While other companies are cutting staff, the world's largest reinsurer is hiring people from different professions to deal with disaster losses Munich Re ... largest reinsurer in terms of premium income, von Bomhard sits atop a company that covers losses resulting from natural catastrophes, such as heavy rain that may lead to floods, earthquakes ...

  9. Asia Financial hard hit by disasters, investments

    Posted Mar 03rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... May Chan may.chan@scmp.com Asia Financial plunged into the red last year following heavy insurance payouts to natural disaster victims and an investment loss caused by the downturn ... million in 2010. The insurance sector made a loss of HK$57.6 million. Natural disasters in Asia and Australia, including the earthquakes in Japan and New Zealand, and flooding in Australia ...

  10. News - China

    Wen visits earthquake disaster zone

    Posted Sep 08th 2012, 04:09pm by Agence France-Presse in Zhaotong

    ... to natural disasters, despite decades of rapidly improving wealth and living standards in much of the country. “A quake as strong as Friday’s... could have caused fewer or even no casualties ... developments. “To take the time and invest money in the prevention of natural disasters, which are unpredictable and are unlikely to occur, does not seem like a persuasive proposal to many in China,” ...




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