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  • Sep 2, 2014
  • Updated: 11:41pm


Water officials go online to expose shoddy work on dam in eastern Guangdong

Three water-resources officials in eastern Guangdong have exposed shoddy construction at a key embankment dam project that has seen seven major collapses in the past three years.

Friday, 3 May, 2013, 6:15am

10 killed as military dam bursts in Zhejiang

A reservoir dam collapsed yesterday on an island in Zhejiang province, killing at least 10 people and injuring 27.

But some residents suspected the death toll could be more than triple the official figure. They said the reservoir was reserved for military use, and many of the victims were elderly rural residents.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:23pm

Dam building restraint urged

Deputy Environment Minister Wu Xiaoqing has urged caution amid a big dam-building frenzy on the upper reaches of the Yangtze River, saying the lessons of past dam construction in China's southwest must be learned in the face of mounting environmental concerns and resettlement controversies.

6 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

It's progress; who cares about people?


5 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Hand over money, villagers told

Villagers in Yunnan and Sichuan being moved to make way for two massive dams have been told by local governments to hand over 30,720 yuan (HK$37,620) per head from the compensation they receive for the loss of their homes and farmland. And some who do not get that much compensation have been warned they may have to dip into their own pockets to make up the difference.

31 May 2012 - 12:00am

Dam advocate loses sight of his cause in caustic remarks

Debate has re-emerged over the mainland's burgeoning obsession with large dams.

But the fresh squabbling appears to stem less from a debate over the pros and cons of dam building, as it had in the past, and more about the personal attacks launched by a key dam advocate against a vocal critic.

24 May 2012 - 12:00am

West hails halt to dam

The Myanmar government has halted the US$3.6 billion Myitsone project that included building seven dams, which would have provided electricity to China. The move was praised by the West. But China is unhappy; it is a close ally of Myanmar and invested a lot of money in the scheme.

7 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Zhejiang dam gates open for first time since 1999

Sluice gates were opened at the Xinan River Reservoir in Zhejiang for the first time since 1999 yesterday morning as floodwaters came close to overflowing the dam.

22 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Race against the clock

The quake lake in Tangjiashan, the largest of the 35 lakes formed after the May 12 earthquake, threatens to cause another catastrophe. It is hoped that a controlled collapse of the dam will take place once water starts flowing through a channel dug by soldiers and police.

The lake:

Amount of water 210m cubic metres

Catchment area 3,350 sq km

6 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

1m set to flee if 'quake lake' bursts

More than a million people in quake-ravaged central Sichuan have been warned to prepare to leave their homes at short notice as work to drain water from the Tangjiashan 'quake lake' nears completion.

1 Jun 2008 - 12:00am