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

Search abandoned for missing woman, 21, who fell down manhole

Rescue team was sending down officers to search for the missing woman. Photo: Xinhua

A two-day city-wide rescue mission to find a woman who had fallen down a drainage hole filled with poisonous marsh gas was abandoned yesterday in Changsha, southern China, the Today Morning Express reported on Monday.

Rescue teams in the capital city of Hunan ordered their personals to withdraw on Sunday evening after they failed to find Yang Lijun. 

25 Mar 2013 - 3:08pm

Split responsibility wastes our water

Everyone is fretting about the need to restructure the government. Here is my modest proposal, which targets only two low-level departments, rather than high-and-mighty policy bureaus. But I think it would have an immediate and positive impact, and make our city much more environmentally conscientious. So start the drum rolls: let's merge the Drainage Services and Water Supplies departments.

23 May 2012 - 12:00am

Storm leaves Guangzhou in deep water

Want to see what a city of water looks like? You no longer need to travel to Venice or Suzhou to find out. Guangzhou, deluged by the heaviest rainfall in a decade on May 7, welcomes you.

Guangzhou became known as China's Venice, the Italian city famed for its canals and islands for centuries, in just a few hours.

15 May 2010 - 12:00am

Report on sewer deaths labelled a whitewash

Drainage department clears itself in inquiry into accident that killed two

Labour-rights activists have condemned as a 'whitewash' a report by the Drainage Services Department that clears its staff of blame in a sewer accident on August 1 which left two workers dead.

12 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Design row delays flood-prevention project

Objections force redraw, pushing completion to 2010

A flood-prevention project for Central and Western District will be delayed a year, until 2010, because of red tape and design changes. The $200 million project, proposed as early as 1999 to divert floodwater into an underground tank, has been hit by a row over the selection of a site for its pump house.

28 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Work to resume on 21 agricultural lots

Updated at 5.56pm: The Lands Department will resume work on 21 private agricultural lots with a total area of about 9,890 square metres, a spokesman said on Friday.

The lots are in Kau Lung Hang at Tai Po and the work is being done to improve drainage in the area.

18 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Safe wet markets are a must, not a maybe

Imagine if there were city blocks where just over half the residents told the government they would rather not pay for drainage pipes going past their homes. Would we expect everyone on those blocks to suffer - and put up with the health dangers - because there are some who find the lack of drainage tolerable?

21 May 2004 - 12:00am

Excavator taken away

I refer to the letter by David Camacho headlined 'When will company remove equipment?' (South China Morning Post, May 10).

Our contractor finished laying a sewer near Mr Camacho's house at Tung Wan Tau beach on Lantau on January 10 and had vacated the site by the end of February.

27 May 2002 - 12:00am

Drain fiasco brings out the worst in disgraceful bureaucrats

IN THE BACKYARD of a village house in a small New Territories hamlet stand 20 representatives from half a dozen government departments. They are discussing a blocked gutter. It is a subject with which they are drearily familiar. The troublesome drain has been a focal point of serious and extensive debate between senior civil servants for more than two years.

7 Nov 2001 - 12:00am

Residents robbed of peaceful environment

Since Christmas morning when I was woken by the noise of construction on Drainage Services project number 95-07, I have been both irritated and amused by the laughably slow pace and inefficient progress of these works, and the lack of concern shown by the Drainage Services Department towards residents and pedestrians on Caine Road.

6 May 2001 - 12:00am

Ideal solution

In reply to the informative letter from Beatrice Owen (South China Morning Post, July 9), it is the Drainage Services Department's contractor who is using two traffic cones during repair of a defective foul sewer in Pound Lane.

17 Jul 1998 - 12:00am

Relief drains planned for flood blackspot

You were quite correct in your editorial on June 11 that the area frequently flooded along Nathan Road in Mongkok is the lowest point and that the local drainage system is inadequate.

27 Jun 1998 - 12:00am

Drain accident victim seeks $5m

A drainage worker left with severe brain damage which may have been caused by toxic fumes is suing for more than $5 million.

Lai Tai-hei, 40, collapsed while clearing the underground drainage system on Cheung Chau on May 17, 1995 and was rescued after 'undue delay' by one of his colleagues and taken to hospital, says a High Court writ.

1 May 1998 - 12:00am

Drainage upgrade

Parts of Kowloon will benefit from an earlier-than-expected drainage system upgrade, the Secretary for Works, Kwong Hon-sang, said yesterday.

The Government said silt from construction of the West Kowloon Reclamation might have built up in drainage pipes and contributed to recurrent flooding.

27 Aug 1997 - 12:00am