Aftershocks from Sichuan earthquake pose threat of secondary disasters

Rescuers try to pass through a road blocked due to the landslide in the quake-hit Baosheng Township, Lushan County. Photo: Xinhua

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

Survivors of the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake get evacuated to Zipingpu Dam, which could have been a cause of the quake. Photo: AFP

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 breached dam at the Quting reservoir. Photo: SCMP

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

Construction work on the Xayaburi dam. Photo: EPA

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’

Thai activists and villagers who are affected by the controversial Xayaburi dam protest with a mock fish to illustrate the damage the dam will do to the river's ecology. Photo: EPA

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

Small power plants told to lower tariffs

The mainland, the world's second-largest energy consumer, will widen rate reductions on electricity generated by small coal-fired power plants to boost energy efficiency and cut pollution.

18 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Blasting of temporary dam all set

192 tonnes of dynamite will destroy the top 30 metres today

The top of the temporary 140-metre-high cofferdam built to hold water and generate power for the construction of the Three Gorges Dam will be demolished today.

6 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Gorges project called on for more power

The water level is set to rise further, displacing as many as 1,000 farmers

Water levels in the Three Gorges Dam reservoir will rise by four metres by the end of the month in an effort to boost electricity production and alleviate power shortages.

The move will require the immediate relocation of more than 1,000 farmers.

2 Oct 2003 - 12:00am

Project ahead of schedule

WITH THE COMPLETION of the reservoir behind the US$25 billion (HK$195 billion) Three Gorges Dam, engineers have set a June 1 date for closing the sluice gates and storing up water, state press said this week.

15 May 2003 - 12:00am

Power output growth targeted

The annual electricity output in the mainland is expected to grow to 1.4 billion megawatt hours by 2000. The Economic Daily said yesterday installed capacity would reach 290,000 MW by 2000. Installed capacity would be boosted to 500,000 MW by 2010 and 700,000 MW to 800,000 MW by 2020, it said.

18 Apr 1998 - 12:00am