Winter Storm

Briefs, December 28, 2012

Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi was the Iranian health minister.

Former US president George H. W. Bush, who led a coalition that ejected Iraqi forces from Kuwait in 1991, was in intensive care at a Houston, Texas, hospital in a "guarded condition", family spokesman Jim McGrath said.

Friday, 28 December, 2012, 5:59am

Northeaster covers New York in snow, plunges 300,000 back into darkness

A homeowner in Lindenhurst, New York, watches the arrival of the early winter storm. Photo: Reuters

New York City and much of the US Northeast yesterday dug out from a snowstorm that walloped a region still struggling to recover from superstorm Sandy.

9 Nov 2012 - 3:27am

Planning chief lauds success of disaster relief

The mainland's top economic planning body touched only briefly yesterday on what lessons should be learned from the calamitous snowstorms of the past two months, preferring to dwell on the central government's disaster relief successes.

7 Mar 2008 - 12:00am


Word Power

Match the correct meaning

1 blizzards

2 undermines

3 undaunted

4 turnabout

5 debunk

a complete change in opinion, attitude or method

b very bad snowstorms with strong winds

c makes something less strong or less secure

5 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Hill dwellers left with little hope after cruel winter

Cut off from life's necessities by the worst blizzards in half a century, villagers in mountainous Lianzhou , Guangdong, have little to look forward to.

Hundreds of people living in three villages in Tanling, 230km northwest of Guangzhou, are still without electricity, clean water or communications three weeks after the area was cut off by snowstorms.

16 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Farming and environment will recover, say mainland experts

The worst snowstorms on the mainland in decades are not expected to have a lasting impact on the environment or agriculture despite the devastating damage it caused to crops in southern provinces, mainland experts have said.

They also cast doubt on rampant speculation about serious flooding this summer as a result of the blizzards.

12 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Storm havoc reveals gaping weaknesses

The full extent of the damage wrought by the extreme weather on the mainland is only just becoming apparent. The immediate challenge is to ensure that those who successfully braved the poor conditions to visit their families over the Lunar New Year are able to return.

11 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Snow aid package for Tibet

More than 50 million yuan (HK$46.75 million) in aid has been allocated to Tibet to help victims of the region's biggest recorded snowstorms.

31 Dec 1997 - 12:00am

Snow causes chaos underground, mayhem above

THE first snow fall of winter is traditionally seen as a sign of a good harvest, but for those of us in Beijing who do not have a couple of fields to till the sudden snow storm which hit the capital last week was anything but auspicious.

It may have looked pretty, but for the millions of commuters who had to struggle to and from work the winter wonderland was no fun at all.

29 Nov 1993 - 12:00am