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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. Concerted action needed on natural disasters

    Posted Oct 01st 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... typhoons a year. Regardless, Ketsana caught the nation off guard. Warnings went unheard or were ignored. The same is the case for dozens of other natural disasters across the world each year; ... the Philippines' plea for help on Monday. Their efforts have been individual, not co-ordinated. The response to a natural disaster has to be integrated and managed. Until nations pool resources and work ...

  3. Natural disasters will have little impact on food supply: minister

    Posted Jun 05th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... He Huifeng This year's massive natural disasters, including the Lunar New Year blizzards in south China and last month's Sichuan earthquake, will not have a significant impact on the mainland's food security and supply, according to Agriculture Minister Sun Zhengcai. Xinhua quoted Mr Sun as telling the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation's summit in Rome on Tuesday ...

  4. Ignorance still plagues natural disaster plans

    Posted Jul 19th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to prevent natural disasters from wreaking death and destruction. The tsunami that struck countries rimming the Indian Ocean on December 26, 2004, highlighted the region's lack of preparedness ... protection for residents, is a key factor in limiting the damage. It should be made a priority in areas which are prone to natural disasters. Knowing about impending natural threats is important, ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Will twin disasters be a wake-up call?

    Posted Mar 15th 2011, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... to finally wake up and try to set the economy on a more secure foundation. The grim alternative is that the twin disasters may prove to be the beginning of the end of Japan's pretensions ... disasters led to the danger of meltdown at several nuclear power plants. Predictions are that tens of thousands are dead. Hundreds of thousands are sheltering in emergency shelters, and many people ...

  8. News - World - ENVIRONMENT

    Nicaraguan canal 'an environmental disaster'

    Posted Jun 16th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Managua US$40b Nicaraguan canal 'an ecological disaster' A proposed Nicaraguan waterway rivalling the Panama Canal would cause an environmental disaster ... in Central America and the Caribbean. One of the possible canal routes would pass through the sprawling Cerro Silva nature reserve between the southern Caribbean coast and the El Rama River port, ...

  9. Refugees not fleeing dry regions, says disaster chief

    Posted Apr 01st 2010, 12:00am by Fiona Tam

    ... Fiona Tam The mainland's top disaster relief official denied yesterday there had been a huge exodus of refugees from drought-hit areas and said Beijing had no plan to relocate people. ... and the Bama Yao ethnic minority autonomous county, both in Hechi- said the money sent home by young and middle-aged villagers who worked elsewhere was helping their families survive the disaster ...

  10. 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. ...




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