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Disasters

Giving teachers in disaster zones spiritual training

A teacher in Shangli town, Lushan county, leads a class in a makeshift classroom that was set up in the aftermath of a magnitude seven earthquake that rocked Sichuan province last month. Photo: Xinhua

Since a magnitude eight earthquake struck Qingchuan county, Sichuan, five years ago, killing more than 80,000, a Hong Kong education expert has been working on a reconstruction of a different kind.

Monday, 27 May, 2013, 10:58am

Hopes fading for survivors at Bangladesh disaster site

Bangladeshi rescue workers conduct a search for survivors at the site of a collapsed building in Savar, Bangladesh. Photo: AP

The owner of a factory building that collapsed in Bangladesh killing hundreds of garment workers was arrested on Sunday trying to flee to India, police said, as fears grew that the death toll could rise sharply with as many as 900 still missing.

2 May 2013 - 10:07am

Landslides from rain and aftershocks will impede Sichuan quake rescue efforts

Rescuers work to clear the debris after landslides on the Guanyan Mountain section of the S210 highway in quake-hit Baoxing county, Sichuan province. Photo: Xinhua

The Central Meteorological Observatory warned of the possibility for landslides or other “geological disasters” as a result of rain or aftershocks from the quake.

22 Apr 2013 - 4:14pm

Sluggish relief a blow to typhoon-hit Philippines

Typhoon Bopha wreaked devastation in Mindanao. Photo: AFP

Two months ago, Typhoon Bopha struck Mindanao in the southern Philippines. It's hard to explain the devastation that such a storm can wreak but, when I arrived there as an aid co-ordinator, I was met by scenes of devastation: palm trees splintered like giant toothpicks; mud, trees and debris from broken homes scattered everywhere.

18 Feb 2013 - 1:55am

Briefs, December 20, 2012

Robert Bork. Photo: AFP

Robert Bork, whose failed 1980s nomination to the US Supreme Court helped draw the modern boundaries of cultural fights over abortion, civil rights and other issues, has died. He was 85. Brilliant, blunt and piercingly witty, Bork had a long career in politics and the law that took him from respected academic to a totem of conservative grievance.

20 Dec 2012 - 3:57am

25 die in Myanmar train blaze

Twenty-five people were killed and dozens more injured yesterday in a blaze sparked by a train accident in northwest Myanmar, the government said.

Two petrol tankers loaded onto the train overturned when it derailed, and local villagers collecting the fuel were burned to death in the ensuing inferno, according to the information ministry website.

10 Nov 2012 - 1:32am

Nine die and dozens trapped after shop collapses in Accra, Ghana

Rescue workers at the site of a building collapse in Accra, Ghana, early Wednesday. Photo: Xinhua

Authorities yesterday blamed faulty construction for the collapse of a five-story building in Ghana's capital that killed at least nine people and trapped dozens of others until they were freed by crews picking through broken concrete with axes.

9 Nov 2012 - 3:34am

Truth and respect needed for children killed in Yunnan landslide

Flags also flew at half-mast yesterday at the central government's liaison office.

When will mainland disaster victims receive the same dignity as is given in Hong Kong, asks one rights lawyer.

5 Oct 2012 - 8:42am

Post-crisis specialists needed

In today's increasingly interconnected global economy, the economic fallout from a natural disaster is rarely confined to the geographic area where the event has occurred.

28 May 2011 - 12:00am

Actor-singer gets his priorities right after disasters in Japan

It seems singer-actor Eric Suen Yiu-wai is ready to settle down with model-actress Macy Chan Mei-sze. The earthquake and tsunami in Japan was a wake-up call for Suen to reshuffle his priorities in life.

'I couldn't help crying when I watched the television news - those once beautiful cities were washed away ... just like that.'

16 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

A lesson in courage and dignity for Hongkongers

On Sunday, the Hong Kong Journalists Association, concerned about the safety of local journalists, warned media organisations not to send frontline reporters to Japan to cover the earthquake. Almost all have since returned to Hong Kong over the past few days.

16 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

In the wake of disaster

Blue, pink, yellow and purple houses in Musicians' Village are being built in what is considered 'Ground Zero' for Hurricane Katrina.

22 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Transparency must not be a post-quake victim

A month to the day after the Sichuan earthquake, survivors are finally living without the fear of another terrible disaster - the Tangjiashan 'quake lake' suddenly bursting its banks. The controlled release of a huge mass of water without loss of life ends the race to save lives and prevent more damage.

12 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Better response to disasters planned

Beijing has pledged to enhance its capacity for disaster response after recent snowstorms paralysed transport and claimed at least 129 lives.

25 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

We will require global help, says disaster chief

77 million people, 17 provinces hit

The snowstorms that have wreaked havoc across central and southern areas are the worst natural disaster since the founding of the People's Republic in 1949, according to the mainland's top disaster relief official.

31 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

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