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'Quake lake' flood fears for 1.3m people

Tania Branigan The Guardian 27.05.2008
'Quake lake' flood fears for 1.3m people

Chinese authorities are preparing to evacuate as many as 1.3 million survivors of the Sichuan earthquake who are now threatened by flooding, the state media reported yesterday.

In a recent interview in Cannes, American actress Sharon Stone called the magnitude 8.0 China earthquake "Karma" for the over 67,000 people who died in the disaster, which has caused great shock and indignation among Chinese communities.


China worries about flood threat in quake zone

Soldiers operated earth-moving equipment Tuesday as other lugged explosives deep into China's disaster zone, preparing to blow up earthquake debris blocking a river whose rising waters threatened already-devastated towns and villages.

A Mi-26 helicopter carries a bulldozer to the vicinity of the swelling Tangjiashan quake lake in Southwest China's Sichuan Province, May 26, 2008. [Xinhua]

Mianyang, Sichuan -- Rescuers are preparing to dynamite the barrier of a swelling earthquake-induced lake at risk of bursting and threatening thousands of people downstream in southwest China.


Relatives grieve over the photo of a child killed in an earthquake at the Fuxin No.2 Primary School in Wufu, in China's southwest Sichuan province Friday May 23, 2008.  (AP Photo/Greg Baker)

BEIJING - Chinese officials said Monday that the country's one-child policy exempts families with a child killed, severely injured or disabled in the country's devastating earthquake.

Exclusive: Easing flood fears at Tangjiashan

Fu Jing China Daily 26.05.2008
Photo taken on May 22, 2008 shows an aerial view of part of the Tangjiashan lake created by landslides in Beichuan county, Sichuan province. [Xinhua]

MIANYANG, Sichuan -- Amid low visibility, a Russian helicopter successfully delivered a large bulldozer and other eight sets of big machineries near the swelling Tangjiashan lake, in order to dig a diverting channel to prevent a flood, said Minist...


China earthquake death toll rises to 65,080

THE death toll in China's major earthquake increased by 4,520 to 65,080 as of this noon, according to the Information Office of the State Council.

Death toll rises to 8 as strong aftershock hits China

HANZHONG, Shaanxi, May 26 (Xinhua) -- A 6.4 magnitude aftershock on Sunday killed at least eight people and injured nearly 1,000 in southwest and northwest China, according to local government sources.


Pork Stone… Get Your Pork Stone

Weird Asia News 26.05.2008
Pork Stone… Get Your Pork Stone

What you see below might look like a regular Chinese meat market with potential customers looking over a fresh haul of pork, but that would be false.

Six killed, 1000 injured as strong aftershock hits China

A 6.4 magnitude aftershock on Sunday has killed six people and injured nearly one thousand in southwest and northwest China, according to local government sources.


Residents wait to be evacuated after an aftershock in Qingchuan county.

China plans to dynamite rock, mud and rubble forming a dangerously large "quake lake" today in a bid to avert a new disaster in Sichuan.

Charity waits turn to help orphans

Nickkita Lau The Standard 26.05.2008
Charity waits turn to help orphans

A Dongguan-based charity founded by Hong Kong residents plans to adopt 30 Sichuan children orphaned during the earthquake.


A torchbearer carries the Olympic Flame in Shanghai

BEIJING (AFP) — The Olympic torch's passage next month through strife-torn Tibet will be cut from three days to one as part of route changes made necessary by China's earthquake, Beijing Games organisers said Sunday.

China to Build 1.5 Million Shelters in Quake Zone

Ed Johnson, Tian Ying Bloomberg.com 25.05.2008
China to Build 1.5 Million Shelters in Quake Zone

Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang yesterday called for stepped-up efforts to fully restore electricity supply. Power has been partially restored in 16 counties in Sichuan, although the two hardest-hit counties, Beichuan and Lixian, are still blacked...


China earthquake: UN chief visits disaster zone as toll reaches 60,000

Jonathan Watts, Lee Glendinning The Guardian 25.05.2008
China earthquake: UN chief visits disaster zone as toll reaches 60,000

The death toll from the China earthquake has reached 60,560 and could rise to 80,000 or more, the Chinese government said today. The news came as Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary general, visited the quake region.

A torchbearer carries the Olympic Flame in Shanghai

BEIJING (AFP) — The Olympic torch's passage next month through strife-torn Tibet will be cut from three days to one as part of route changes made necessary by China's earthquake, Beijing Games organisers said Sunday.


HK Post raises $1.36m for quake victims

Hongkong Post has raised $1.36 million for Sichuan earthquake victims at its auction of stamp products and banknotes.

China to Build 1.5 Million Temporary Homes in Earthquake Zone

Ed Johnson and Tian Ying Bloomberg 25.05.2008
China to Build 1.5 Million Temporary Homes in Earthquake Zone

The Chinese government will build 1.5 million temporary houses for survivors of the earthquake in Sichuan province, as the death toll from the disaster climbed to more than 60,000.


A survivor sits at a tent in an earthquake-hit area in Hanwang town of China's southwest Sichuan province Friday, May 23, 2008. [Agencies]

The government on Friday vowed to severely punish those who have impropriated tents sent to quake-affected areas, where some 5 million displaced people urgently need shelter.

Eight pandas to arrive in Beijing for Olympics

Huang Zhiling China Daily 24.05.2008
Eight pandas chosen for the Beijing Olympic Games wait at Chengdu Research Base of Sichuan province May 23, 2008. The bears are scheduled to arrive in Beijing at about 5 pm Saturday. [By Huang Zhiling\Chinadaily.com.cn]

CHENGDU -- The eight pandas chosen to entertain tourists during the Beijing Olympic Games will arrive in the capital on May 24 as scheduled, despite the killer quake which has resulted in havoc in the Wolong Nature Reserve in Sichuan province.



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