Yaan earthquake

Yaan earthquake

A powerful tremor registering 7.0 on the Richter scale (6.6 according to the US Geological Survey) and a series of strong aftershocks hit near the city of Yaan in southwestern China's Sichuan province on April 20, 2013, causing heavy casualties and losses. 

Charity groups' efficiency analysis in the spotlight as HK$100m donation proposal stalled

Lawmakers observe a moment of silence for the Sichuan quake victims. Photo: David Wong

Plans by the government to make a HK$100 million donation to the Sichuan earthquake relief effort were on hold yesterday after a legislators' meeting on the proposal ended without a vote.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

China's Seismological Society targeted by hackers

A screenshot of the hacked website, April 24, 2013.

The website of the China's Seismological Society has been hacked on Wednesday amid a controversy over an earthquake drill the day before the Yaan earthquake struck Sichuan.

“You **** Chinese Communist Party!" the hackers, which identified themselves as Anti-Communist Hackers, wrote in a banner on the society's website.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

China NGOs turn to WeChat to aid quake rescue

A Chinese man uses a charging facility as he talks on his mobile in Lushan county. Photo: AP

When retired journalist Zhou Xiaoxiang started a WeChat group on Friday, he had no idea it would set in motion rescue efforts for an earthquake the next day. Half a week later, more than a hundred charities, activists and donors have joined the conversation, which has turned into an umbrella organisation for NGOs and co-ordinates local donations for earthquake victims in Sichuan.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Plenty of roadblocks while covering Yaan earthquake

Volunteers wait in the rain after a road was blocked due to a fallen boulder in Taiping, Lushan county. Photo: EPA

The government’s disaster relief efforts are poorly managed, and probably the major reason for the traffic jams. But it is just a microcosm of China’s chaotic bureaucracy, where rules are constantly changing.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Radical legislators threaten to block approval of HK$100m for quake aid

Chief Executive Leung Chun-Ying. Photo: AP

A fierce debate is expected in the Legislative Council today over the use of a HK$100 million donation to help Sichuan earthquake victims, with radical pan-democrats threatening to block approval with a filibuster.

24 Apr 2013 - 6:17pm 11 comments

Post-quake rescue operations expose China's military aircraft weaknesses

An aerial view shows houses damaged after a strong earthquake in Lushan county, Ya'an. Photo: Reuters

Military analysts said domestic-made rescue helicopters lack the ability to carry heavy loads and are less capable at handling extreme weather conditions. Some chalk the disparity up to Beijing's focus on the development of advanced fighter jets and other general-purpose planes.

24 Apr 2013 - 4:46am 2 comments

Watch imprint on quake official's wrist goes viral on internet

Watchless Fan with Premier Li Keqiang. Photo: SCMP

Searches for the name Fan Jiyue, the party chief of Lushan county, under Yaan city in Sichuan , were blocked on the mainland's two most popular microblogging platforms - Sina Weibo and Tencent Weibo - after eagle-eyed internet users pointed out the mark on his left wrist, leading to suspicions that it was made by a luxury watch.

24 Apr 2013 - 9:44am

Deadly Sichuan earthquake sparks fresh fears over building quality

Wreckage of damaged houses lie by the side of a street in Longmen township, one of the seriously-damaged towns in disaster-hit Yaan, southwest China's Sichuan province. Photo: AFP

Ma Jun, the government head in Baoxing county, northwest of the epicentre, told Xinhua on Sunday that nearly all the buildings in the county were damaged, including buildings such as schools and hospitals rebuilt after the 8 magnitude quake in 2008.

24 Apr 2013 - 4:30am

'How long must we wait before help arrives?'

Medical workers take care of 20-year-old Yang Yan as she gives birth in a tent in Taiping township. Yang had a boy, and both mother and son were fine. Yang and her husband arrived early yesterday after a three-hour journey from their home in Xingmin village. Photos: Xinhua

As relief materials pile up at major rescue centres in quake-hit areas of Sichuan province, villagers from rural communities are complaining they have been forgotten by the government. "It's been four days, four days. I haven't seen any government official bother to ask us how we have been coping," said 66-year-old Chen Zhongfen, from Shengli village in Taiping township, in an outlying part of Lushan county.

24 Apr 2013 - 3:10pm 1 comment

Red Cross slated over Baoxing quake relief canvassing

A man in Lhasa donates for the Sichuan earthquake victims. Photo: Xinhua

The scandal-plagued Red Cross Society of China has once again invoked public anger by canvassing for quake relief donations at one of the hardest hit areas struck by the 7.0-magnitude Yaan earthquake.

Financial news magazine CBN Weekly reporters took photographs of a Red Cross booth in Baoxing county and published them on an official account on a microblogging platform.

23 Apr 2013 - 8:06pm

Quake relief supplies not reaching rural areas of Yaan

Villagers carrying their disaster relief supplies walk through a mountain ravine in quake-hit Shifeng Village of Lushan County. Photo: Xinhua

“We are very dissatisfied with the government’s efforts … for people like us living out in remote areas, we are getting nothing,” said He Xiaobing, a villager from Taiping town’s Shengli village.

23 Apr 2013 - 8:06pm

Thousands vote 'no' on Hong Kong's proposed Sichuan quake donation

Thousands vote 'no' on Hong Kong's proposed Sichuan quake donation

A great majority of online readers of the South China Morning Post seemed to have made up their minds about Leung Chun-ying's proposed HK$100 million donation. 

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Leung defends quake donation against critics, citing 'love and care for compatriots'

Leung Chun-ying’s request to donate Hk$100 million of public funds to quake victims has some critics arguing the money will be misused by corrupt mainland officials. Photo: David Wong

The debate on the government’s plan to donate HK$100 million to the quake-hit Sichuan province heated up on Tuesday, with critics fearing the donation will be misused by corrupt mainland officials.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

China news round-up: Donors turn to private charities, land conflicts grip Henan

Rescue workers search through rubble in Qingyuan, Sichuan, April 22, 2013. Photo: AP

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29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Police warn dissident Huang Qi after he tries to help in quake-hit zone

Huang Qi

Dissident Huang Qi, who was jailed for three years after investigating the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, said yesterday he was turned away from rescue work in the quake zone because authorities were wary of his past activism.

23 Apr 2013 - 10:21am 1 comment