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  1. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1018049/east-asian-countries-need-improve-disaster-plans-and
  2. 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. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1090629/ensure-people-get-timely-information-during-disasters
  3. More mega-disasters ahead as environment deteriorates

    Posted May 12th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Stephen Chen China, already one of the countries most vulnerable to natural disasters, will face even greater wrath from Mother Nature because of climate change and environmental stress, ... has suffered from natural disasters over past decades and warns that worse could be in the pipeline with climate change. China has set May 12 as 'Disaster Prevention and Reduction ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/679941/more-mega-disasters-ahead-environment-deteriorates
  4. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1007836/planning-key-cope-disaster
  5. Nature's cruellest trick

    Posted Jun 29th 2011, 12:00am

    ... As lakes vanished, crops withered and died and drinking water ran out through the first five months of the year, signs of an end to China's worst drought in 50 years seemed like the answer to a billion prayers at the beginning of this month. But then ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/972119/natures-cruellest-trick
  6. Officials need lesson in paying Mother Nature more respect

    Posted Feb 11th 2008, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... are an act of God or a result of the global natural phenomenon- and there is little people can do to prevent it from happening again. This is a pity. One of the biggest lessons mainlanders and the mainland leadership should draw from this calamitous weather is that they should pay more respect to nature, and more attention to environmental protection. La Nina is a global weather pattern ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/625888/officials-need-lesson-paying-mother-nature-more-respect
  7. Rising rivers and torrential rain take toll

    Posted Jul 12th 2003, 12:00am by Verna Yu

    ... residents were evacuated from the floodwater zone at Zhengyang Guan. The report said the flood disaster this year had caused more deaths and damage than last year, but were not as bad as the floods ... these measures hadn't been taken, the disaster would have been much greater,' he said. Authorities opened the sluice gates at Wangjiaba early this month - for the first time in 12 years - when ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/421435/rising-rivers-and-torrential-rain-take-toll
  8. Death toll rising with flood waters

    Posted Jul 08th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Officials in central provinces blow up more dykes as further rain is forecast Torrential rains have brought death, destruction and disease to parts of central China, where authorities continue to blow up dykes in an attempt to divert the raging torrents. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/420946/death-toll-rising-flood-waters
  9. Anhui on emergency alert to screen floods

    Posted Jul 05th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... More than 160,000 people are mobilised to contain Huai river Anhui province yesterday issued an emergency flood alert and mobilised as many as 160,000 people to monitor the dykes and embankments of the Huai river. The flood-control command centre in Anhui ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/420729/anhui-emergency-alert-screen-floods
  10. Severe flooding in Anhui triggers mass evacuations

    Posted Jul 04th 2003, 12:00am by Verna Yu

    ... Waters subside after sluice gates are opened for the first time in 12 years Torrential rain in the past few days has caused severe flooding on the Huai river in Anhui province, forcing tens of thousands of residents to evacuate their homes, state media re ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/420599/severe-flooding-anhui-triggers-mass-evacuations

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