Major projects can counter flooding in Asian cities, experts say

Photo: Reuters

Asia's flood-prone cities should fund major drainage, water recycling and waste reduction projects to stem deluges and secure clean supply for rising populations, experts said yesterday at a water security forum.

Monday, 20 May, 2013, 4:18am

Peasant survivors of 2008 quake find life in modern flats a struggle

Zhou Youcheng (left) with his wife. Photo: Choi Chi-yuk

Rows of tidy new flats now sit on the edge of a large kiwi fruit field in Shihua, Sichuan , which was devastated by an earthquake five years ago.

The magnitude-8 quake toppled more than 200 houses in the old hillside village, about 40 kilometres from Dujiangyan.

9 May 2013 - 5:41am

New births help Sichuan quake victims overcome loss of children

A painting decorates one of the new houses in Jiulong.

Yang Zhengrong smiled at the mention of her son, who will turn three in August.

"He is such a joy to the family," the 45-year-old restaurant owner in Mianzhu's Jiulong township said. "We will be in our 60s or probably gone when he is only a teenager and he won't be able to do much for us, but just to think of all the joy he brings the family makes me so grateful."

7 May 2013 - 4:52am

For earthquake victims, relief delayed is relief denied

Local residents donate money to the Red Cross in Dongguan Great Mosque in Xining, capital of northwest China's Qinghai Province. Photo: Xinhua

When it comes to relief aid for victims of natural disasters, the sooner the better. That is why rescuers and volunteers wasted no time rushing into Sichuan province after it was hit by a severe earthquake on April 20, the second fatal one in five years. Two weeks have passed. The local situation does not appear to have improved much.

3 May 2013 - 3:41am

Letters to the Editor, May 2, 2013

Donations must help victims, not corrupt officials. Photo: AFP

Best way to help victims is through NGOs

The discussion is ongoing in Hong Kong about whether the government should donate money to victims of the earthquake last month in Yaan , Sichuan .

Some dissenting voices have said the administration should not give the proposed sum of HK$100 million because the money will just go into the pockets of corrupt officials.

2 May 2013 - 1:23am 8 comments

China Digest, May 1, 2013

Rescuers evacuate residents stranded by floods in Guilin City. Photo: Xinhua


Tapping natural springs

1 May 2013 - 2:41am

Girl born amid rubble in 2008 dies in Yaan

Villagers walk past a damaged house in quake-hit Yuxi village of Lushan county, Sichuan province. Photo: Xinhua

Four-year-old Wang Yanxia was considered lucky and a gift to her family when she was born in the wake of the magnitude-8 earthquake that hit Wenchuan, Sichuan, in 2008. Now her family is struggling to face the reality of her death in the Yaan quake.

26 Apr 2013 - 5:16am

Red Cross slated over Baoxing quake relief canvassing

A man in Lhasa donates for the Sichuan earthquake victims. Photo: Xinhua

The scandal-plagued Red Cross Society of China has once again invoked public anger by canvassing for quake relief donations at one of the hardest hit areas struck by the 7.0-magnitude Yaan earthquake.

Financial news magazine CBN Weekly reporters took photographs of a Red Cross booth in Baoxing county and published them on an official account on a microblogging platform.

23 Apr 2013 - 8:06pm

Magnitude-5.3 earthquake hits Inner Mongolia

China earthquake watchers said a magnitude-5.3 earthquake hit Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on Monday afternoon, as national disaster relief efforts were under way in quake-devastated Sichuan province.

The US Geological Survey says on its website the magnitude of the quake was 5.0.

22 Apr 2013 - 9:29pm

Live Blog: Yaan earthquake - Day 2

A woman sifts through the debris of her destroyed house in Longmen Township,  Lushan County. Photo: Xinhua

UPDATE 6pm : The official death toll has climbed to 186, according to Xinhua News. Of the 11,393 people injured, 963 are in serious condition.



21 Apr 2013 - 10:04pm

Earthquake death toll rises to at least 156

An injured man receives medical treatment at the Renmin Hospital of Lushan County in Ya'an City. Photo: Xinhua

A strong 6.6 magnitude earthquake hit a remote, mostly rural and mountainous area of southwestern China’s Sichuan province on Saturday, killing at least 156 people and injuring about 5,500 close to where a big quake killed almost 70,000 people in 2008.

20 Apr 2013 - 8:51pm 1 comment

Dig for bodies of 83 dead in Tibetan mine landslide

Rescuers at the scene of the deadly landslide in the mountains of Maizhokunggar county, which state media says is at an altitude of more than 4,600 metres. Photo: Reuters

Only two bodies have been found so far at a Tibetan mine where a massive landslide wiped out a camp of 83 mine workers on Friday, state media reported. There were no survivors.

31 Mar 2013 - 5:56am

Henan official sets farmer’s trees on fire for fun

Photo showing the burning poplar trees. Photo: Handout

A Henan official set fire to a villager’s poplar trees, covering five acres of land, for his own amusement.

20 Mar 2013 - 7:25pm

Egypt balloon crash bodies flown back to Hong Kong

The bodies of nine Hong Kong people killed in a hot air balloon tragedy in Egypt last month were flown back to Hong Kong on Monday. Photo: David Wong

The bodies of nine Hong Kong people who were among the 19 killed in a hot air balloon tragedy in Egypt last month were flown back to Hong Kong on Monday.

The bodies of the five women and four men have arrived in Hong Kong and will be transferred to a public mortuary, a government spokeswoman said.

11 Mar 2013 - 7:48pm

Relatives of Hong Kong balloon victims gather at crash site in Egypt

Relatives of the Hong Kong victims of the Egyptian hot-air balloon tragedy perform rituals at the crash site yesterday. Photo: Sam Tsang

They gathered in the field where the balloon crashed near the village of Hager El Dibie, west of Luxor, to perform mourning rituals. Accompanied by Hong Kong officials, the families - who had made the one-hour flight south from Cairo - lit incense and made offerings of fruit.

3 Mar 2013 - 5:14am