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Selling art for quake-hit areas

China Daily 04.06.2008
Selling art for quake-hit areas

People around the country are contributing to the eart hquake-affected areas, and non-communist political parties in China are doing their part.

Chinese residents queue up to donate blood for quake victims in Beijing, May 15, 2008. [Xinhua]

Overwhelmed by media coverage of the deadly quake that hit Sichuan province on May 12, graduate student Shi Yan stopped following developments of the disaster on news websites for 10 days.


Spiderman Sighting in China

Weird Asia News 04.06.2008
Spiderman Sighting in China

It is not everyday you have the chance to see a real life superhero.

Tents delivered to Sichuan

news.gov.hk 03.06.2008
Helping hands: Director of Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office in Chengdu Richard Luk (right) presents the first 1,000 tents to Sichuan authorities.

An air shipment of 1,000 tents for people left homeless by the Sichuan earthquake has arrived in Chengdu.


Emergency plan to be improved

Shanghai Daily 03.06.2008
Emergency plan to be improved

THE city will amend its emergency plan for public security accidents or natural disasters, city officials said yesterday.

A medical worker (R) from east China's Zhejiang Province examines a local man at Qinggang Village, Gucheng Town, Pingwu County, in southwest China's Sichuan Province, on May 23, 2008.   (Xinhua Photo)

BEIJING, June 2 (Xinhua) -- A Ministry of Health spokesman said here Monday that there had been no major epidemics or public health incidents in the quake-hit areas of southwestern Sichuan Province.


Hugs for pandas shocked by quake

Tania Branigan in Beijing The Guardian 03.06.2008
Giant pandas eat bamboo at a zoo in Beijing. Photograph: AP Photo/Color China

Hugs, games and plenty of bamboo. It is an unusual method for handling anxiety, but keepers believe it is helping to calm pandas upset by last month's earthquake in Sichuan.

Scary Details of Sichuan Quake Revealed

During the Sichuan earthquake earlier this month, the ground suddenly shifted a gaping five feet, or about shoulder height of an adult. That huge displacement and the rapid ground motions that followed could explain the extensive and tragic damage...


Foreigners get Games' guide to dos and don'ts

Lei Lei China Daily 03.06.2008
Foreigners get Games' guide to dos and don'ts

Foreigners suspected of having the potential to carry out terrorist or violent attacks, or indulge in subversive activities will be denied entry into China during the Olympic Games.

Soldiers disinfect the debris of the collapsed Beichuan Middle School in Beichuan County, southwest of China's Sichuan province, May 24, 2008. [Agencies]

Hanwang -- Health authorities vowed Monday to push ahead with measures to ensure the health of victims and prevent any outbreak of disease following last month's deadly earthquake in Sichuan Province.


More teenagers addicted to tobacco

Shan Juan China Daily 02.06.2008
Middle school students in Huaibei, Anhui Province, make a huge cigarette printed with the words "refuse to try your first cigarette", May 31,2008.   [Asianewsphoto]

More teenagers are becoming addicted to tobacco, the 2008 China Tobacco Control Report said.

From the ashes

Xin Zhiming China Daily 02.06.2008
Quake survivors return to their home in Leigu Town of Beichuan County, Southwest China's Sichuan Province, May 24, 2008.  [Xinhua]

Now that the rescue operation following last month's devastating earthquake has ended, the focus has shifted to reconstruction, of an area about the size of Greece or Iceland.


GFS rescues two stranded quake victims

Hong Kong's Government Flying Service has airlifted two injured miners who have been stranded in the Sichuan mountains for 19 days after the May 12 earthquake. Pilot Victor Lau says he and his colleagues will spare no effort helping quake victims.

Helicopter crashes while on duty in quake zones

CHENGDU -- A military transport helicopter engaging in quake relief work near the Yingxiu Township, Wenchuan County in Southwest China's Sichuan Province crashed on Saturday afternoon, according to military sources.


China earthquake: Million people on standby to evacuate

Richard Spencer in Beijing, Robyn Powell and agencies Telegraph 31.05.2008
Mianyang residents carry their belongings to higher ground  EPA

About 1.3 million people are on standby for evacuation as China prepares to release pressure from a lake to stop it flooding.

Nearly 200,000 people evacuated to safe ground as planned in SW China

MIANYANG, Sichuan, May 31 (Xinhua) -- A total of 197,477 people were evacuated to safe ground as of 8 a.m. Saturday in line with an emergency plan, an official with the quake relief headquarters of Mianyang City in southwest China said.


Confusion over evacuation report. Photo: Reuters.

Mainland authorities are reported to have ordered 1.3 million people in Sichuan to move to higher ground amid fears a "quake lake" caused by this month's earthquake could burst its dam.

Relatives cry while waiting for news about children who were buried under a collapsed school following an earthquake in Dujiangyan City, 50km (31 miles) from Chengdu in Sichuan province May 13, 2008.  [Agencies]

Dujiangyan - The National quality watchdog Thursday warned of "severe punishment" to anyone found responsible for the collapsed school building in the May 12 earthquake.


Making a windfall from earthquake mobile phone credits

Following the earthquake in Sichuan on 12 May, China's major mobile phone service providers, China Mobile and China Unicom, set up special bonus plans for the affected areas.

A checkpoint sign is seen at the evacuation point because of flood threat in Qinglian town, Sichuan, Thursday. (Shiho Fukada for The New York Times)

QING LIAN, China: It is a simple strand of red plastic hanging between two trees, but for residents of this battered town, it is the line between life and potential death.



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