BEIJING, China – An explosion Tuesday at a Chinese plant that produces the toxic chemical paraxylene has added fuel to a growing movement opposing such plants, on the same day that a state-run newspaper prominently urged the public to accept the industry as safe. Read the rest of this entry »
Archive for the ‘Fujian’ Category
Posted by Author on March 22, 2011
Chinese security personnel and hired thugs attacked and beat a group of peasant petitioners in Fuzhou, capital of China’s southeastern province of Fujian, on Monday, witnesses said.
About 300 peasants from Gulou, Jingan, and other districts of Fuzhou had gathered outside the Provincial Office of Letters and Visits to voice complaints about forced relocations and land-grabs, but were violently dispersed, the witnesses said.
“More than 10 villagers have been beaten up. Two of them fell on the ground,” said Lin Xuguang, a peasant from Liuqiao village in Jingan district. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Author on March 22, 2010
Taiwan News, Staff Writer, Mar. 22, 2010-
The worst-ever dust storms from China forced air quality in Northern Taiwan sharply down yesterday, the Environmental Protection Administration said.
A total of 24 observation stations across the island recorded more than 1,000 micrograms of dust per cubic meter and a further ten showed values at damaging levels, according to the EPA. Skies turned a yellowish grey as there was no rain to wash away the dust, the Central Weather Bureau said.
The worst levels of pollution were recorded on the island of Matsu close to the coast of China’s Fujian Province, in Keelung on the North Coast and in several Taipei City districts, EPA official Chu Yu-chi said. Matsu airport was closed all day due to poor visibility, reports said.
Doctors advised people to limit outside activities to the barest minimum, and to wear masks or even goggles when riding a motorcycle. Patients suffering from breathing problems even before the storm should wait a few days until after it had left before resuming normal outside activities, reports said.
The number of patients recording breathing problems increased by 20 percent to 30 percent because of irritation by the dust, reports said. People wearing contact lenses felt irritation of the eyes, according to media reports quoting physicians…….(more details from Taiwan News)
Posted by Author on November 11, 2009
Chinese Human Rights Defenders, November 11, 2009 –
A Fuzhou court tried three human rights activists—Fan Yanqiong (范燕琼), Wu Huaying (吴华英), and You Jingyou (游精佑)—for “making false accusations” this afternoon in Fujian Province. Officials allowed only two family members of each defendant to attend the trial, and supporters barred from entering the courthouse scuffled with police outside. Journalists were reportedly taken away by officials to prevent them from reporting on the trial.
Being denied an open trial is the latest in a long list of rights abuses suffered by the three during their detention. Both Fan and Wu were mistreated when they were first taken into custody. Wu, a woman in her 40s, was handcuffed to a chair in an uncomfortable position during an interrogation which lasted 30 hours. Fan, a 48 year-old woman, has been seriously ill in detention and denied a hearing regarding her application for release on bail for medical treatment. Lawyers for Fan, Wu, and You have encountered obstacles in trying to visit their clients at the detention center, and at least one lawyer has been threatened by judicial authorities that his license to practice law may be suspended if he did not withdraw from the case.
While uniformed officers blocked the entrance to the Mawei District Courthouse and patrolled the surrounding area, the courtroom was filled with plainclothes police or government officials; among those barred from attending the trial were individuals who were intimately involved in the case and provided testimony to police during their investigation. Other than the six family members, the only other presence in the courthouse not aligned with the government were the six lawyers defending the activists. Liu Xiaoyuan (刘晓原), Li Fangping (李方平) and Jin Guanghong (金光鸿), from Beijing, and Lin Hongnan (林洪楠), Jiang Yunfu (姜运福), and one other lawyer whose name is not currently available, from Fujian Province, entered pleas of not guilty on behalf of their clients and presented a defense which included statements made by the defendants themselves. …… (more details from Chinese Human Rights Defenders)
Posted by Author on September 18, 2009
NTDTV via youtube,Sep. 18, 2009-
Another outbreak of lead poisoning has been reported in China— this time in an industrial district of Fujian Province.
Radio Free Asia reports that since last Friday, parents in Jiaoyang County have gathered at a local battery factory. They say pollution from the Shanghang Huaqiang Battery Company is giving their kids lead poisoning.
Posted by Author on November 1, 2008
AFP, Via The Age, Australia, October 30, 2008-
Twelve people were killed when the elevator they were riding in plunged to the ground at a construction site in southeast China, state press reported.
The accident occurred on Thursday at the construction site of a residential building in Xiapu county, Fujian province, Xinhua news agency said.
The 12 victims were found dead at the site of the accident, which occurred about 6.40am (local time).
An investigation has been launched, it added.
China has a dismal work safety record, with thousands of people dying every year in mines, factories and on construction sites.
On Tuesday, 11 construction workers were killed and 12 injured in southwest China’s Chongqing city when a crane container carrying them at a building site plunged to the ground.
– The Age
Posted by Author on January 12, 2008
Above: Ri Zhao City, Shandong Province, east China
Above: Suzhou City, Zhejiang Province, South East China
Above: Wu Xi City, Jiang Su province, south China
Above: Tian Jin City, east China
Above: Wu Fang City, Shandong Province, east China
Above: Xia Men City, Fu Jian Province, southeast China
Above: He Fei City, An hui province, east China
(All photos are from the Epochtimes’ website)
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Posted by Author on August 20, 2007
BBC News: Eastern China lashed by typhoon
AFP (Via yahoo news) : Typhoon Sepat hits China after mass evacuation
Reuters (Via yahoo news): Typhoon drives million Chinese from homes
Posted by Author on August 14, 2007
By Xin Fei, Epoch Times Staff, Aug 11, 2007-
Recent climate anomalies in China has caused ceaseless droughts in some areas and continuous floods in other places. Experts have pointed out that the global greenhouse effect and other human factors were the main reasons for the disasters.
Continuous droughts and high temperatures have been afflicting many areas including Hunan, Jiangxi, Heilongjiang, Inner Mongolia, Zhejiang, Xinjiang, Fujian provinces and Shanghai City, with Jiangxi and Hunan being the hardest hit. The drought in the mid-eastern part of Inner Mongolia has lasted a long time, and the situation keeps worsening.
According to the latest official figures, this year 23 million acres of cultivated area suffered from the droughts, which is 2.7 million acres higher than average. The droughts affected 21.7 million acres of crops, among which 7.8 million acres are severely affected, and 1.4 million acres completely withered. The drought has also caused a fresh water shortage for 5.88 million people and 4.7 million cattle.
Since this summer, heavy rainfalls have caused floods in many parts of China, especially in Chongqing City as well as Sichuan, Guizhou, Xinjiang, Guangxi and Hubei provinces. So far the flood has killed nearly 700 people, affected 120 million, and caused US$7 billion economic losses.
Jiangxi is experiencing the worst drought in 50 years, with 1.06 million people facing a drinking water shortage, and 1.3 million acres of crops affected by the drought. The drought is still worsening, and is spreading quickly from the middle to the rest of the province.
According to latest figures, from April 1 to July 30 this year, the average rainfalls in Jiangxi is 594 mm, 32 percent below that in the same period of past years, and 20 percent blow that in the same period of 2003.
In Hunan Province the drought has continued for four weeks, which omens a dry autumn. Several million people are facing a drinking water crisis. Rainfall is down by 25 percent compared to previous years, leaving half of the two million water reservoir facilities empty.
According to the Hunan Meteorological Bureau’s forecast, the temperate will reach up to 40° C (104° F) in most of August.
Since June, high temperatures and low rainfall have affected the northeast Heilongjiang and some other areas in the province. The provincial Sanjiang Plain area is afflicted by a summer drought, which has not occurred in that area for many years. Some areas experienced over 40 continuous rainless days. A lot of farmlands are covered with a 30-centimeter (11.8 inches) deep layer of dry soil.
In Fuzhou, capital city of Fujian Province, high temperature as lasted for 31 days by July 30, the longest period since the city’s first official weather record was made in 1880. In many other parts of Fujian, hot weather has also lasted for 26 to 35 days.
In Zhejiang the continuous hot weather has lead to water shortages in many places and the situation is becoming more serious.
Recently Shanghai has suffered continuous hot days with temperature as high as 39° C (102° F) or even higher.
According to a meteorological department report, Shanghai’s temperature peeked at 39.6° C (103° F) on July 29. The last time Shanghai had the same temperature was on July 25, 2003, and it broke a 63 years’ record.
So far nearly 700 people have died as a result of the flood, lightning and mudslides across China. The flood has affected up to 120 million people with economic losses amounting to $7 billion.
Chongqing City recently was hit by the heaviest rainfalls in the century. Millions of people were affected and nearly 100 were killed or missing. The losses reached 2.978 billion yuan ($0.39 billion).
Guangxi Province was also hit by continuous torrential rainfalls, resulting in mountain torrents and river flooding which affected 8.3 million people and caused a direct economic loss of 9.84 million yuan ($1.3 million).
From July 27 to 31, heavy rains hit Sanmenxia City of Henan Province, the south part of Shanxi Province, middle southern parts of Shannxi Province. Serious rainstorms and landslides have occurred in many areas. According to preliminary statistics, 57 people were killed and 43 were missing as of August 10.
– Original report from the Epochtimes
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