Natural Disaster

Germany sends thousands of soldiers to help cities cope with flooding

Dr Angela Merkel inspects the town of Pirna. Photo: Reuters

Germany yesterday sent thousands of soldiers to help cities and towns cope with flooding from the rain-swollen Danube and other southern rivers, a day after the Bavarian city of Passau saw its worst flooding since 1501.

Wednesday, 5 June, 2013, 1:03am

Floods hit Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland

Raging waters from the Danube and two other rivers flood large parts of the southeast German city of Passau after heavy rainfall. Photo: AP

Volunteers piled up sandbags to keep a swollen river from overwhelming the Czech capital's historic centre yesterday after floods across central Europe forced factories to close, drove thousands from their homes and killed at least seven people.

4 Jun 2013 - 3:57am

Tokyo bolsters defences for storms that would dwarf Hurricane Sandy

If Tokyo's Arakawa River breaks its banks in a storm, about 2,000 people are likely to be killed and 860,000 would be stranded, the government says. Photo: Bloomberg

Tokyo, the world's most populated city, is building defences for a once-in-200-years flood that could dwarf the damage Hurricane Sandy wrought on the US east coast.

1 Jun 2013 - 3:58am

Hope flourishes among the despair of Sichuan quake five years on

Four-storey housing has sprung up in Yingxiu to accommodate the thousands of victims left homeless by the massive tremor. Photo: Choi Chi-yuk

A return to the epicentre of the 2008 disaster brings an emotional reunion and mixed feelings for a journalist who was among the first outsiders to reach flattened Yingxiu as it mourned its lost children

12 May 2013 - 2:36pm

Rescuers battle to help victims of Sichuan quake as death toll hits 188

Volunteers Yang Chengcheng and Xiao Long help rush an injured woman to medical facilities in Longmen township. The two students ran 10km over damaged roads. Photo: Xinhua

Relief teams battled to gain access to isolated areas in quake-hit Sichuan province as the death toll rose to 188 yesterday, with more than 11,000 injured and 21 still missing.

24 Apr 2013 - 10:01am 1 comment

Quake survivors find extraordinary strength in life-or-death moments

A doctor attends to an injured five-year-old boy in Lushan county. Photo: AFP

Remarkable tales of courage and survival continued to appear in mainland media yesterday, a day after a magnitude-7.0 earthquake struck Sichuan.

22 Apr 2013 - 7:49am

PLA shows quick response to Lushan earthquake

Rescuers attend to people injured in the earthquake. Photo: Xinhua

In stark contrast to the Great Sichuan Earthquake five years ago, the central government and the army showed yesterday that they could respond quickly to natural disasters. And volunteer groups said they were better equipped to help out.

21 Apr 2013 - 1:59pm

Nineteen children among 46 dead in China landslide

Rescuers work at the mud-inundated debris after a landslide hit Zhaojiagou in Yunnan. Photo: AP

A desperate search for three people missing in a landslide in southwestern China ended on Saturday when their bodies were pulled from the mud, taking the final death toll to 46 - many of them children.

12 Jan 2013 - 2:16pm

Look high, look low, then say a prayer

Japanese carmakers have reviewed their operations. Photo: AFP

While many companies are shifting to countries with cheaper rents or lower wages, they had better check with the weather bureau and their insurers.

Why? Ask the Japanese carmakers and they will tell you their sad stories.

The carmakers first received a blow in March last year when the earthquake and tsunami hit their manufacturing base in Japan.

13 Nov 2012 - 3:53am

Dongfeng to invest 30b yuan in growth

Dongfeng Motor Group, the largest Hong Kong-listed carmaker by market value, plans to invest 30 billion yuan (HK$35.58 billion) in the next two years to boost production and research and development capacity to meet booming demand in the world's largest car market.

31 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Shangri-La books in for a 164pc profit rise

Luxury hotel owner and operator Shangri-La Asia, which saw profit before non-operating items jump 163.98 per cent to US$144.4 million last year, warned that the economic outlook in North America and Europe remained weak.

31 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

SBI chief looks to HK for growth

SBI Holdings, a Japanese online financial services and venture capital firm which is seeking up to HK$2.55 billion in a secondary listing in Hong Kong, said the country's nuclear crisis would have little impact on its business.

31 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Jiangxi expects copper to reach record prices

A record price for copper may be set in the coming year even though the mainland's biggest copper producer aimed at increasing the metal's production by 66 per cent to 1.5 million tonnes in the next five years.

31 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Change of tuna

The health of our customers is our number one concern,' says Erik Idos, the executive chef of Nobu InterContinental in Tsim Sha Tsui. 'The sushi chef and I made a map of where all our fish comes from.

31 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Job guaranteed: City U launches nuclear degree

City University is to launch Hong Kong's first degree course in nuclear and risk engineering - a decision made before the crisis at the Fukushima reactor in Japan.

The magnitude-9 earthquake and the devastating tsunami that hit northeast Japan on March 11, crippling the nuclear power plant, has triggered a global backlash against nuclear power.

31 Mar 2011 - 12:00am