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

A Chinese engineer, left, walks by a fence with Chinese slogans reading: Safety first, highest quality and quantity near an entrance of a dam construction site in China. Photo: AP

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

Find dam plotter, greens demand

WWF calls for justice over eco-vandalism

The Lands Department should track down the mastermind behind the illegal building of a dam across a natural stream in Tai Po now that the contractor responsible for the damages has been identified, a conservation group has said.

24 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Official doubts but will mindset change?

Economically driven priorities still present formidable hurdle, dam activist says

Beijing's change in attitude towards the Three Gorges Dam project will win it political points, but the dilemma between the hydropower project's economic benefits and environmental costs remains.

27 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Farmers removed while dams await approval

Rows of newly built terraced houses stand on the eastern bank of the Nu River at Liuku township in Yunnan , but farmer He Xuewen looks disheartened.

20 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

'I dare to express different views'

When Wang Shucheng spent his leisure time practising a telegraphic code and watching the dance troupe led by classmate Hu Jintao perform revolutionary routines at Tsinghua University some four decades ago, little could he imagine he and his classmates would take up such important roles in the government one day.

19 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

After the drought, Chongqing fears a deluge from broken dams

Ravaged by heat and a lack of repairs and funding, almost 1,000 dams in Chongqing face collapse if hit by heavy downpours forecast for the coming weeks, the city's government has warned.

27 Aug 2006 - 12:00am