Step up disaster prevention, Wen urges

Premier Wen Jiabao has urged local governments to step up efforts in disaster prevention while heavy rains sweep the country's south and cause floods. Wen made the call during an inspection tour to flood-hit Hunan province.

Saturday, 3 July, 2010, 12:00am

Winter monsoon brings low temperatures

Another cold snap is forecast today, with temperatures expected to plummet to 11 degrees Celsius and a couple of degrees lower than that in the New Territories. The Observatory issued a cold weather warning at 4.20pm yesterday following the arrival of a cold winter monsoon.

27 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Cooler weather in coming days

Temperatures will fall in the next few days as a northeast monsoon blows over southern China, Observatory senior officer Mok Hing-yim said. The monsoon reached the coast of southern China on Sunday.

20 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Dredging in wetland a recipe for disaster

Widespread dredging has claimed a fifth of the biggest wetland in Fujian province , posing a potential threat to hundreds of thousands of nearby residents when floods strike.

27 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Search for 11 miners trapped by flash flood

Rescuers were still scrambling yesterday to pump out water in a desperate attempt to locate 11 coal miners after a flash flood swamped the Makulue colliery in Xingxian county, Shanxi province , on Sunday.

24 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Preparation vital in coping with storms

Climate change as a result of environmental disregard is a reality, but should not be misused as an explanation for every case of extreme weather. Storms that have caused devastation in southern China and eastern Australia in recent days have occurred throughout recorded history.

11 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

1 million homeless as storms batter south

Torrential rain, floods force evacuations in Hunan and Guangdong provinces

Heavy rain and floods in southern China have killed at least 13 people and left more than 1 million homeless - another sign that occurrences of extreme weather on the mainland are becoming more serious.

10 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Cold snap drives elderly to hospitals

Homeless take refuge in temporary shelters as the temperature plunges after unseasonal warm spell

Scores of elderly people have been taken to hospital with health problems after winter weather finally arrived in Hong Kong following an exceptionally warm autumn.

7 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Mainland needs to face landslide threat: geologist

Landslides have caused most of the deaths in this year's floods and mainland authorities should do more to stabilise hillsides, a prominent geologist has warned.

8 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

155b yuan set aside for flood control

More than 155 billion yuan may be spent on flood control along the Huai River over the next two decades as part of a strategy to stem massive losses.

A flood-control plan for the Huai River basin is awaiting approval from the National Development and Reform Commission, but an expert panel that examined the scheme late last week did not suggest any substantive changes.

3 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Rain dance

It's that time of the year when everyone keeps looking up anxiously at the overcast skies, yearning for the monsoon to deliver them from the agony of a long, harsh summer.

For foreigners, the word 'monsoon' has a profoundly exotic ring about it. But even for Indians, it evokes romance and euphoria, an emotion that has been captured in music, folk songs and poetry.

4 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

First SMS flood alert is just a damp squib

Drainage chiefs have come to the rescue of Sheung Wan residents and shopkeepers tired of watching their expensive dried seafood washed down the tubes during heavy downpours.

But their new $200,000 instant message system did not get off to an auspicious start on Monday, when an SMS warning had to be withdrawn two hours later because it was incorrect.

29 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

12 more soldiers' bodies discovered

Toll from landslide hits 62 as flood menace spreads throughout China

Rescue workers yesterday found the bodies of another 12 soldiers who died in a landslide triggered by Typhoon Longwang in Fujian province , as other parts of the country battled extreme weather.

6 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

Cool front signals arrival of autumn

It has been a long, hot and extremely wet summer, but relief is finally on the way.

Weather chiefs predict the temperature will fall to 23 degrees Celsius next week, signalling the arrival of autumn.

National Day tomorrow will be mainly fine but hazy, with light winds and a temperature of 26 to 30 degrees.

30 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

200 pupils dead in flooding, parents claim

Hundreds of enraged parents whose children were killed in a flash flood in Heilongjiang province blocked the main roads of Ningan city yesterday, demanding a full investigation into the tragedy.

13 Jun 2005 - 12:00am