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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 ...

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    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. ...

  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 ...

  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 ...

  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 ...

  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 ...

  7. Early-warning weather system on the horizon

    Posted Jul 23rd 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of Civil Affairs said natural disasters had claimed 659 lives this year and forced the evacuation of 1.28 million people. Economic losses on the mainland totalled 39.26 billion yuan. ... in the capital, stopping traffic, cutting power to 80 neighbourhoods and drenching thousands of homes. Wang Angsheng, director of the China Academy of Sciences Disaster Alleviation Centre, said mainland ...

  8. One missing after rain brings havoc

    Posted Jun 13th 2005, 12:00am by Jacky Hsu

    ... million ($2 million). The island's government set up a disaster centre and Premier Frank Hsieh Chang-ting travelled to southern Taiwan to inspect the situation. The Central Weather Bureau ...

  9. Killer storm adds to island's woes

    Posted Sep 13th 2004, 12:00am by Jacky Hsu

    ... in the northern county of Hsinchu, the Central Natural Disaster Prevention Centre said. 'We are still looking for a missing member of the Chang family,' a spokesman said. Hsinchu government ...

  10. Hail storm adds drama to run of tumultuous weather

    Posted Jul 22nd 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Cheung Chi-fai A rare hail storm hit the city yesterday, along with yet another thunderstorm and a sudden but welcome drop in air temperature. From Tuen Mun to Tsim Sha Tsui, temperatures dropped by about 5 degrees Celsius in five to 15 minutes after heav ...




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