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Emergency Management

Beijing on high alert for party's national congress

Zhou Yongkang. Photo: Xinhua

Municipal government agencies and public utilities in Beijing were put on high alert yesterday to ensure everything goes smoothly in the capital during the Communist Party's 18th national congress, scheduled to open on Thursday next week.

Wednesday, 31 October, 2012, 9:55am 1 comment

Emergency services performed heroically during ferry disaster

Hong Kong's rescue services performed heroically. Photo: AP

Whatever the outcome of the inquiry into the horrible Lamma ferry disaster, one thing is already clear, Hong Kong's emergency services responded outstandingly to that dire and completely unexpected emergency.

21 Oct 2012 - 1:39am

Quake survivors will recover but nation must improve emergency relief

Wen Jiabao, known as the people's premier for his empathy with victims of disasters and other misfortunes, expressed confidence that victims of China's latest earthquake would overcome the disaster even before he arrived in Yunnan province to comfort survivors. According to Xinhua, he pointed to the recovery following the Sichuan earthquake in 2008 that killed more than 87,000 people.

14 Sep 2012 - 2:20am

Expansion of Daya Bay's emergency zone ruled out

Even the most serious incident at Guangdong's Daya Bay nuclear power station will have a direct impact on only a tiny number of Hongkongers, emergency planning officials insist, as they rule out expanding the emergency planning zone beyond a 20-kilometre radius from the plant.

7 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Landing row sparks air safety probe

Chinese civil aviation authorities are investigating claims that a domestic airline refused to make way for a Qatar Airways jet that was low on fuel at Shanghai's Hongqiao Airport.

Rumours had circulated online that the pilot of a Juneyao Airlines flight refused to give way even after the pilot of the long-distance flight from Doha issued a Mayday call, two weeks ago.

25 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Power play just drama?

As the nation witnessed images of dried-up lakes and cracked river beds in central China earlier this month, state media warned that a major energy crisis was looming this summer, complete with drops in hydropower, rationing at factories, and widespread financial losses for power-generating companies.

But do such drought conditions really result in epic power shortages?

14 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Medics on site for riding mishaps

A biological or other terrorist attack is the worst-case scenario that Hong Kong's equestrian organisers have prepared for. But in reality, the worst that is likely to happen is riders falling off their horses - a nasty enough experience, according to the Hospital Authority.

21 Jul 2008 - 12:00am


What do you think of the Mong Kok development plan?

In his letter regarding the redevelopment of MacPherson stadium in Mong Kok, H.C. Bee (Talkback, June 24) gave voice to the concerns of many readers.

27 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Planning chief lauds success of disaster relief

The mainland's top economic planning body touched only briefly yesterday on what lessons should be learned from the calamitous snowstorms of the past two months, preferring to dwell on the central government's disaster relief successes.

7 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Shutdown order for 10 types of industries

Guangdong energy crisis forces sacrifice

Guangdong will order about 10 types of energy-consuming industries to disconnect from the power grid to overcome the province's worst electricity crisis in 30 years, a senior government official says.

7 Mar 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

Guangdong factories face power shortage

Guangdong manufacturers should expect to suffer shortages of electricity, diesel and coal this year as energy supplies fail to keep pace with the province's surging economic growth.

19 Jan 2008 - 12:00am


What can be done to reduce domestic violence?

The murder-suicide tragedy in Tin Shui Wai in which a mentally ill mother committed suicide after throwing her children from their 24th-floor flat has sent shockwaves through the city.

22 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Red Cross drive on disaster reduction

Hong Kong Red Cross will triple its spending on disaster reduction programmes both locally and overseas, especially for catastrophes related to climate change.

Nearly HK$40 million has been earmarked to launch projects in Hong Kong, the mainland, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and the Maldives for the next three years.

8 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

For safety's sake

Beijing has called on international expertise to prepare for all possible security contingencies.

Precautions to safeguard public safety will be 'high-level' in terms of 'the security awareness in the community, fostering a harmonious safe environment, creating a civilised image of security and deploying hi-tech safety measures', says Bocog's security department.

8 Aug 2006 - 12:00am