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Aftershocks from Sichuan earthquake pose threat of secondary disasters

Secondary disasters such as mudslides and dam-related crises may occur in the days or even months after Saturday's earthquake, threatening the safety of residents and rescuers, geologists warn.

Monday, 22 April, 2013, 11:13am

China's dam frenzy a threat to water security

As if to highlight that Asia's biggest challenge is managing the rise of an increasingly assertive China, Beijing has unveiled plans to build large new dams on major rivers flowing to other countries. The decision to ride roughshod over downstream countries' concerns shows that the main issue facing Asia is the need to persuade China's leaders to institutionalise co-operation with neighbours.

11 Mar 2013 - 3:16am

Dam breached in Shanxi leads to flooding and evacuation

The top of an irrigation duct at the Quting reservoir in Hongtong county caved in on Friday morning, leading to the partial collapse of its dam walls, the report said, citing an unidentified local official.

17 Feb 2013 - 5:38am

Laos may need incentive to stop building Mekong dam

Laos is building the Xayaburi hydroelectric dam to block the Mekong, despite promising its neighbours that share the river it would not. The dam will irreversibly change the nature of the river already under stress from several dams upstream in Yunnan. Cambodia and Vietnam, which lie downstream, pleaded for delay, to no avail, at a recent meeting of the Mekong River Commission, a think tank in all but name.

28 Jan 2013 - 3:04am

Laos starts construction of controversial mega Mekong River dam ‘this week’

Laos on Monday said it would start construction of a controversial multi-billion dollar hydropower dam this week, after adapting the design to calm environmental concerns from neighbouring nations.

5 Nov 2012 - 7:07pm


Yunnan villager Ling Min had no idea how the damming of the Jinsha (Yangtze) River a few kilometres downstream from her hillside home would change her life forever.

That was until a landslide swept away her brick house.

She shudders as she recalls how she and her three children escaped, unhurt, from the disaster that struck before dawn nearly two years ago.

6 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Suspicions finally confirmed over Three Gorges Dam

To tackle an illness, the first step has to be acknowledging the existence of a problem. That explains why the central government's unusual statement last week, in which it admitted to serious flaws with the controversial Three Gorges Dam, made for very interesting reading.

23 May 2011 - 12:00am

Demolish this wall of secrecy around dams

The filling to capacity of the Three Gorges Dam is being hailed by officials as a success. They have good reason to be effusive with praise: it is an achievement that was tried twice before then abandoned, first after landslides and then protests.

29 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

CR Power makes two acquisitions

Hong Kong-listed mainland power producer China Resources Power Holdings said it will acquire two companies for HK$898.9 million, giving it stakes in five power plants and a property developer in Jiangsu province.

22 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Study eyes 'quake lakes' as tourist attractions

A feasibility study is under way to determine whether the Beichuan lakes created by Sichuan's May 12 earthquake have the potential to be tourist attractions.

25 Jun 2008 - 12:00am