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Natural Disaster

Germany sends thousands of soldiers to help cities cope with flooding

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

East Asian countries need to improve disaster plans and infrastructure

Hong Kong is looked on enviously by its neighbours every typhoon season. While other cities battle floods and landslides, often with disastrous and tragic consequences, we weather severe storms with just minor injuries and felled trees, as with Typhoon Vicente last month. Being prosperous and having ample funding for sturdy infrastructure helps, but it is only a part of being prepared.

19 Aug 2012 - 10:39am

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