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Mourning marks a new respect

Patsy Moy The Standard 19.05.2008
Mourning marks a new respect

Hong Kong will lower flags at half staff from today for the victims of last Mondays Sichuan earthquake.

Beijing seeks health teams

Nickkita Lau The Standard 19.05.2008
Beijing seeks health teams

Beijing has requested Hong Kong mobilize more rescue teams to assist with health infection and disinfection work in Sichuan.


More Games security to come, says expert

Timothy Chui The Standard 19.05.2008
More Games security to come, says expert

With the Beijing Olympics less than three months away, security in and around the capital has been tightened with lighters confiscated in checked- in baggage and doors of public toilets removed.

China announces 3 days of national mourning

China has announced three days of national mourning for an estimated 50,000 people who died in Monday's earthquake in Sichuan - the magnitude of which has now been revised to 8.0 on the Richter scale.


Two giant pandas missing in Sichuan

The Wolong Nature Reserve in Sichuan says two of its giant pandas are still missing following the earthquake.

Photo: AFP

BEICHUAN, China, May 18, 2008 (AFP) - A powerful aftershock rattled China's southwest early Sunday, hampering frantic efforts to find earthquake survivors and help nearly five million people facing the risk of disease and flood.


China braces for possible lake bursts

China has warned that a lake damaged by Monday's earthquake in Sichuan province may be about to burst its banks. The lake is in Beichuan, which is at the epicentre of the massive earthquake.

GFS joins Sichuan rescue effort

news.gov.hk 17.05.2008
Air aid: Five Government Flying Service officers will join rescue and relief operations in Sichuan

A five-member Government Flying Service team has left for Sichuan province to help with rescue and relief work for earthquake victims.


A nurse and a soldier help a patient (C) to cross a bridge in the city of Beichuan, located around 150 km north of Chengdu, in Sichuan Province May 16, 2008.  [Agencies]

BEIJING -- The death toll from the earthquake in southwest China's Sichuan Province has risen to 28,881 nationwide as of 2 pm Saturday, while 198,347 people were injured, according to the Information Office of the State Council.

Rescue workers search for survivors in Yingxiu. Another tremor sparked landslides yesterday, burying vehicles and again cutting off ravaged areas.

THE authorities are stepping up efforts to ensure drinking water and sanitation for the thousands of people living without basic necessities since Monday's earthquake.


(From L to R) Taiwan pop band S.H.E. members Hebe, Selina and Elle speak at a commercial event in Shanghai on Thursday morning. [Photo: qq.com]

Almost immediately after Hong Kong's stars made donations to the earthquake victims in Sichuan Province, celebrities in Taiwan also opened their wallets. Popular Taiwanese idol group S.H.E made their second donation on Thursday morning while atten...

Up to 5m left homeless by China earthquake

Almost five million people have been left homeless by the devastating earthquake on the mainland. An official in Sichuan province said the full extent of the homeless had become clear due to restored communications.


Aftershock triggers Sichuan landslides

A strong aftershock has sparked landslides near the epicenter of Monday's powerful earthquake in Sichuan, burying vehicles and again cutting off roads.

China Quake $20 Billion Damages Show Insurance Abyss

The most powerful earthquake in China since 1950 shows the nation's insurance industry is decades behind those of the world's biggest economies.


In departure, China asks for outside help

Howard W. French and Edward Wong IHT 16.05.2008
A rescue worker carried a survivor from the rubble in Beichuan, China, Thursday, three days after the massive earthquake struck. (Jason Lee/Reuters)

MIANYANG, China: With the death toll from this week's earthquake rising rapidly, China made a sharp departure from past diplomatic practice on Thursday, seeking disaster relief experts and heavy equipment needed for rescue operations from neighbor...

Olympics ticket deadline extended after China quake

BEIJING (Reuters) - Subscribers who bought tickets for the Beijing Olympics in the third round of domestic sales will have an extra 10 days to pay after Monday's earthquake in southwest China killed thousands, Games organizers said.


Relief as student and tourist groups return

Groups of Hong Kong students and tourists returned to the city safely following a terrifying trip to Sichuan.

21 fund-raising applications received

The Social Welfare Department has received 21 applications, and granted seven, for public subscription permits to raise funds for the Mainland earthquake victims.


First child death from virus in Beijing

Beijing has reported its first death from hand, foot and mouth disease that has killed at least 42 children in other areas. Xinhua news agency says a 13-month-old boy died while being taken to hospital.

Hongkong aid for earthquake victims. Photo: Reuters

The Legislative Council's Finance Committee has unanimously endorsed a government proposal to donate HK$300-million to help quake victims in Sichuan.



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