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Sichuan Earthquake

Hong Kong-funded schools survive Sichuan earthquake

Longxing Central School escaped the latest earthquake relatively unscathed, unlike many neighbouring buildings. Photo: Simon Song

Hong Kong-funded buildings at two schools in Sichuan hit by Saturday's magnitude-7 earthquake are among the few structures that did not sustain major damage. Many local homes were either seriously damaged or collapsed.

Friday, 26 April, 2013, 5:05am 1 comment

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

PolyU helps set up Sichuan institute to manage disaster

China's first disaster management institute has been set up in Sichuan after two deadly earthquakes struck the province in five years.

The Institute for Disaster Management and Reconstruction was jointly established this month by Polytechnic University and Sichuan University to support the province's reconstruction and development.

21 May 2013 - 3:11am

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

Memories of Sichuan earthquake drill hard into township school

Students at Qiyi Yingxiu Middle School take part in an earthquake emergency drill. Photo: Simon Song

A class of third-year students at a middle school in Yingxiu township in Sichuan province were reviewing their exam papers yesterday when an ear-piercing alarm sounded across the campus.

13 May 2013 - 5:47am

May 12, 2008, Sichuan earthquake in context

May 12, 2008, Sichuan earthquake in context

The devastating earthquake that struck Sichuan province five years ago marked one of a series in the earthquake-prone region. The earthquake occurred in an area that is deforming as two tectonic plates - the Indian plate and the Eurasian plate - collide.

12 Sep 2013 - 11:06am

Hundreds mark fifth anniversary of Sichuan quake at mountain memorial

Students remember victims of the Sichuan earthquake in 2008. Photo: EPA

Chen Huaqin placed a yellow chrysanthemum at the tomb of her only son Zhu Qiang, who died age 19 in the Sichuan earthquake, and started to burn money. She was among hundreds of mourners who gathered yesterday in Yingxiu, the epicentre of the 8.0-magnitude quake that struck on May 12, 2008.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Sichuan quake amputee dives back into life

Zhang Chunmei and coach Liu Chunyi. Photo: Choi Chi-yuk

Zhang Chunmei lost both her legs, amputated above the knee, after she was trapped for almost three days when her school collapsed in the massive earthquake that struck Sichuan five years ago. She now wants to be an "outstanding athlete".

12 May 2013 - 6:28am

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

Beijing has learned lessons about quake relief since 2008

Beijing has learned lessons about quake relief since 2008

At 2.28 this afternoon countless families will be savouring lunch in honour of Mother's Day. But it will be a poignant moment for thousands of mainland mothers still mourning children who died in the catastrophic Sichuan earthquake that struck at that moment five years ago. The day after, this column closed its first comment with the words: "A great disaster has befallen China."

12 May 2013 - 4:00am 1 comment

Talking points

Nation remembers the Sichuan earthquake

Nation remembers the Sichuan earthquake

11 May 2013 - 2:35am

Lessons from the school of hard knocks

Illustration: Adolfo Arranz

The earthquake that rocked the Yaan region of Sichuan last month delivered a telling report card on what authorities have learned from the quake that devastated the same region this month five years ago. And it's mostly good news.

10 May 2013 - 4:24am

Peasant survivors of 2008 quake find life in modern flats a struggle

Zhou Youcheng (left) with his wife. Photo: Choi Chi-yuk

Rows of tidy new flats now sit on the edge of a large kiwi fruit field in Shihua, Sichuan , which was devastated by an earthquake five years ago.

The magnitude-8 quake toppled more than 200 houses in the old hillside village, about 40 kilometres from Dujiangyan.

9 May 2013 - 5:41am

Dreams of better life after Sichuan quake dashed in Beichuan tourism zone

Tourists - a rare breed these days - pose in folk costumes in front of the Yuwang Bridge in quake-hit Beichuan's visitor zone. Photo: Xinhua

When a pedestrian street opened in Beichuan county, Sichuan , two years ago there was excitement at the prospect of a new beginning in the wake of the earthquake that levelled the region three years earlier.

8 May 2013 - 5:47am