Tai O villagers safe after fire, but where's the money to rebuild?

Wooden poles jutting out of the water on Kat Hing Street on Lantau are a reminder of the stilt houses that sat on top before a fire cleared everything in its path. Photo: Felix Wong

A fire ripped through the stilt homes - built mainly from wooden planks and metal sheets - on May 2. No one was injured, but 10 families were left homeless.

Thursday, 13 June, 2013, 5:05am

Xi Jinping in surprise inspection of Sichuan quake towns

President Xi Jinping yesterday made a surprise visit to schools and temporary shelters in Yaan county, Sichuan. Photo: SCMP

President Xi Jinping yesterday visited areas of Sichuan hit hardest by last month's magnitude 7 earthquake, meeting survivors and inspecting reconstruction work at a Hong Kong-funded school building.

22 May 2013 - 8:22am

Appeal for help to rebuild in Sichuan

A man repairs a damaged house in Lushan, Sichuan. Habitat for Humanity wants to help restore quake-damaged homes. Photo: Reuters

In a race against time, a charity is attempting to rebuild quake-damaged homes in Sichuan before the arrival of winter, and the group has asked Hongkongers for help.

20 May 2013 - 5:27am

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

How to make charity dollars count

Relief efforts and aid are most effective when disaster-hit communities are invited to help plan, carry out and monitor the reconstruction. Photo: AFP

Since the Yaan earthquake on April 20, Oxfam staff have often been asked how to best ensure donations are well spent in the community. This is a healthy reminder that keeps pushing us to refine our monitoring systems.

12 May 2013 - 4:00am

Officials say schools and hospitals rebuilt after 2008 saved lives

A child hands out water to People's Armed Police helping survivors of Saturdays' earthquake in Yaan, Sichuan province. Photo: AFP

Qiu Jian, chief housing planner with the Sichuan government, said a preliminary survey by more than 400 inspectors had found that that no buildings rebuilt after the 2008 earthquake had "completely collapsed".

26 Apr 2013 - 5:05am

Survivors of 2011 Japanese quake and tsunami struggle to rebuild their lives

A father and son take part in a demonstration against nuclear power that was held near the Diet in Tokyo yesterday, on the eve of the second anniversary of Japan's tsunami and nuclear disaster. Photo: AFP

Two years after a quake and tsunami hit Japan's northeast, there is a fresh impetus to find the 2,676 people whose bodies have never been recovered.

11 Mar 2013 - 10:52pm

Japan suspends dubious reconstruction projects

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda (left) and Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura. Photo: EPA

Japan’s government has suspended 35 projects included in a budget for reconstruction from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami after criticism the spending was not directly related to recovery from the disasters.

28 Nov 2012 - 5:04pm

Japan ‘misspent’ tsunami rebuilding money: audit

Japan's Reconstruction Minister Tatsuo Hirano delivers a speech at a conference on disaster prevention and development issues on October 9. Photo: AFP

Cash earmarked for tsunami reconstruction work was diverted to unrelated projects, a Japanese government audit showed as residents of the devastated northeast voiced frustration over the slow pace of rebuilding.

11 Jun 2015 - 3:56pm

China Digest, October 11, 2012


Public opposes traffic fees

11 Oct 2012 - 4:40am

Reconstruction phase will be a bigger test

Dealt successive blows by the massive earthquake, tsunami and the damage to the nuclear power plant, the Japanese economy is still reeling from its greatest shock since the end of the second world war.

In considering the measures required to cope, we need to take into account two phases.

13 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

10,000 Hong Kong tourists explore Poland each year

The estimated 10,000 Hong Kong tourists who explore Poland each year are inevitably confused by the historic Old Town of Warsaw. In some ways it appears old, but in others not.

The capital owes its unique discrepancy to World War II. Warsaw was one of central Europe's most beautiful and sophisticated cities until it was almost destroyed during the war.

3 May 1999 - 12:00am

Win scored against job prejudice

DISABLED people have won the right to be reinstated if they lose their jobs through discrimination.

The Disability Discrimination Bill makes it unlawful for anyone to discriminate or harass a disabled person including those with chronic diseases such as AIDS, in employment, education, access to buildings and services, transport, clubs and sports.

29 Jul 1995 - 12:00am


'We are not carpetbaggers seeking to cut and run with the loot.' - Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd, defending accusations that Britain was eager to 'make a killing' in Hong Kong before 1997.

6 Nov 1994 - 12:00am

NT Land amendment passed

LEGISLATORS last night endorsed controversial legal changes giving women equal inheritance rights to New Territories land.

Almost all the major political parties - the Liberal Party, the United Democrats and Meeting Point - and many independent legislators supported the amendment to the New Territories Land (Exemption) Bill.

23 Jun 1994 - 12:00am