Rain, landslides leave 28 dead, 66 missing in Sichuan

A firefighter walks across the floodwaters amid heavy rainfalls after a rain-triggered landslide hit Zhongxing county of Dujiangyan in Sichuan. Photo: Reuters

Heavy rain across China has left at least 28 people dead and 66 missing, officials reported on Thursday, after landslides crushed homes, bridges collapsed, and dozens of villages were cut off.

Friday, 12 July, 2013, 1:20am

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.

20 May 2013 - 4:18am

China Digest, May 1, 2013

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


Tapping natural springs

1 May 2013 - 2:41am

Storm brewing in Asia's mega-cities

Local residents ride on a bamboo raft in a flooded street in northern Jakarta. Photo: AP

The floods in Jakarta were typical of what Asia's mega-cities have experienced or face. Like the region's other big urban centres, the city of 10 million people is in a low-lying, coastal, area. Poor strategic planning, little investment in infrastructure and corruption and a lack of political will have created significant vulnerabilities to climate change. Inadequate availability of water and sewage systems, severe traffic snarls and slums are everyday realities. When the high temperatures, heavy downpours and sea surges come, chaos, lost productivity, devastation and tragedy are inevitable.

28 Jan 2013 - 3:04am

Flood death toll in Indonesian capital rises to 14

Indonesian military stack sandbags to stop the flow of water from a collapsed river wall in Jakarta on January 19. Photo: AFP

The death toll from floods in Indonesia’s capital has climbed to 14 after searchers pulled three more bodies from the waters.

19 Jan 2013 - 4:34pm

Asia-Pacific can't ignore rising threat from climate change

Three fourths of the Liberty Island in New York was underwater after Hurricane Sandy. Photo: NYT

The jury may still be out on the link between climate change and natural disasters. But one thing is clear: weather-related disasters are increasing in both frequency and intensity.

3 Dec 2012 - 2:34am

Briefs, November 12, 2012

Israel ready to escalate Gaza action: PM

12 Nov 2012 - 3:55am

11 dead, seven missing in Indonesia flash flood

At least 11 people were killed and seven missing after a flash flood triggered by heavy rains hit a village on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island, an official said on Friday.

Two days of torrential downpours in Mamasa district triggered a landslide that went into a river, causing the waterway to burst its banks, said Roki Asikin, head of the rescue agency coordinating the search.

9 Nov 2012 - 4:57pm

Two hikers die in flash flood

Two hikers whose bodies were found in a stream yesterday were probably washed away by a flash flood in Pat Sin Leng Country Park on Sunday, police said.

They believe Wong Chi-kin, 24, a secondary school teaching assistant, and his friend Hung Wai-man, 25, a social worker, were taking a rest by the Ping Nam stream at about 2pm on Sunday when the deluge struck.

10 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Friend's tireless aid to Thais hit by floods inspires photographic fund-raiser to rebuild homes

The first exhibition of Hong Kong-based model cum photographer David Elliott, A City Under Water, at JaaBar in Central, is a fund-raiser to help victims of last year's floods in Thailand.

'Last November, I made a four-day trip to the heart of the flood zone,' Elliott said. 'A friend of mine was heavily involved in the flood aid.

14 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Climate-change plans can no longer be put off

The recent tropical storm that hit the southern Philippines, killing more than 1,200 people at the last count, was exacerbated by a combination of factors. Foreign observers have noted that the disaster was reminiscent of the devastating 2004 Asian tsunami.

2 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Death in flood an accident, court says

The drowning of a 72-year-old man in his Sheung Shui village house in a downpour caused by a typhoon last year was accidental, the Coroner's Court found yesterday.

20 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Who said it?

Improving the regulation of rare-earth exports will help us to protect the environment

Vice-Minister of Commerce Zhong Shan, saying China will continue to regulate rare- earth exports according to Chinese law and WTO rules

The devil is dancing

7 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Nature's cruellest trick

As lakes vanished, crops withered and died and drinking water ran out through the first five months of the year, signs of an end to China's worst drought in 50 years seemed like the answer to a billion prayers at the beginning of this month. But then the rain kept coming, and it has not stopped.

29 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

The proof that we can pull together in a crisis

I have been getting e-mails from friends in Japan. Here is a typical description of Tokyo in late evening on the day of the earthquake.

25 Mar 2011 - 12:00am