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  1. News - China

    Cost of natural disasters in China surges to 421b yuan

    Posted Feb 24th 2014, 06:28pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Beijing Natural disasters including droughts, floods and earthquakes cost China 421 billion yuan in 2013, nearly double the total for 2012 Natural disasters including droughts, floods and earthquakes cost China 421 billion yuan (HK$532 billion) last year, official data showed on Monday, nearly double the total in the previous year. China has always been prone to natural ...

  2. Business - Economy - PHILIPPINES

    Philippine economy expands by 7.2pc in 2013, despite natural disasters

    Posted Jan 30th 2014, 11:52am by Agence France-Presse in Manila

    ... of the fastest-growing in Asia last year after shrugging off devastating natural disasters and expanding at a “remarkable” pace in the final quarter, the government said in Manila on Thursday. The economy grew ... economic stewardship. The Philippines endures relentless natural disasters because it is located along a typhoon belt and the so-called Ring of Fire, a vast Pacific Ocean region where many ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hongkongers are ill prepared for aftermath of natural disaster

    Posted Nov 19th 2013, 05:07am by EMILY CHAN, CHI SHING WONG

    ... Emily Chan and Chi Shing Wong Emily Chan and Chi Shing Wong say Hongkongers are largely unaware of the health risks associated with natural disasters, and that needs to change Unseen storm ... and stronger typhoons in the future. There may be no way to prevent such natural disasters, but surely the damage can be minimised if both the government and the people are well prepared. ...

  4. Business - Banking & Finance

    Natural disasters help insurance industry grow in Asia

    Posted Nov 06th 2013, 03:42pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Singapore Asia’s vulnerability to natural disasters is helping drive the insurance industry in the region, an international conference in Singapore heard ... with rising asset values, will lead to greater demand for catastrophe insurance and reinsurance Ravi Menon, Monetary Authority of Singapore One major driver is Asia’s vulnerability to natural ...

  5. News - China Insider - JACKIE CHAN

    Jackie Chan hits back at 'sensationalist' media reports on his natural disasters comments

    Posted Oct 24th 2013, 12:35pm by Olivia Rosenman

    ... reporting” over his recent comments that he wished countries should experience natural disasters more often, while social media reacted with great disdain but little surprise over his gaffe. “How could anyone like to see natural disasters?” Chan told Tencent Entertainment over the phone. “What I meant was I want everyone to rally together, to protect and defend each other. “I don’t know ...

  6. News - Asia

    Culture of obedience scrutinized following Korean ferry disaster

    Posted Apr 17th 2014, 11:53pm by Andrew Salmon

    ... in a situation similar to that on the Sewol."It is natural to obey," said 16-year-old Ma Yoo-jin. "But not in this kind of disaster." Korea's recent ultra-fast economic ... Andrew Salmon in Seoul Disaster focuses attention on culture of obedience As the scale of the Sewol ferry disaster inexorably expands, the nation faces a difficult question: Did an aspect ...

  7. News - Asia - DISASTERS

    Singapore proposes hosting ‘regional crisis command centre’ for disasters

    Posted Apr 04th 2014, 11:26pm by AFP

    ... governments' efforts after major natural disasters, the city state's defence minister said. "We were obviously struck over the last decade by how many disasters there were" ... on Thursday in Hawaii. With communications knocked out, governments at the centre of a natural disaster were often "overwhelmed" and did not have the ability to manage international offers ...

  8. News - Asia - DIPLOMACY

    Set up regional crisis centre to tackle disasters, Singapore tells Asean

    Posted Apr 04th 2014, 12:09pm by Agence France-Presse in Honolulu

    ... has proposed hosting a regional crisis command centre that would help co-ordinate governments’ efforts after major natural disasters, the city-state’s defence minister said on Thursday. “We ... that information, fuse it and then pump it out. It’s worked quite well.” Ng Eng Hen With communications knocked out, governments at the centre of a natural disaster often are “overwhelmed” and don’t have ...

  9. News - Hong Kong

    Pearl Delta at high risk in event of natural disaster, says insurer

    Posted Sep 19th 2013, 06:18pm by Audrey Yoo

    ... of world's most vulnerable areas' The Pearl River Delta is one of world's most vulnerable urban areas because of the large number of people who could be affected by natural disasters ... be affected by natural catastrophes, noted the Mind the Risk  report, which was Swiss Re’s first ranking of cities under threat from disasters. In the case of the Pearl River Delta, earthquakes ...

  10. Sport - Soccer - STADIUM DISASTER

    Twenty-five years on, the Hillsborough stadium disaster still reverberates

    Posted Apr 12th 2014, 10:12pm by AFP

    ... into the game I had a shot that hit the crossbar," remembered Liverpool striker Peter Beardsley. "Naturally, at the time I was disappointed. In hindsight, it was good that I didn't score, ... the pitch on makeshift stretchers fashioned from advertising hoardings. Only one ambulance was allowed on to the pitch by the police, whose handling of the disaster is now the subject of two ...




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