Continued heavy rainstorms have wreaked havoc across southern China this summer. The most recent series of downpours left 24 dead and 44 injured in Miyi, near the southern Sichuanese city of Panzhihua, and 15 dead and 39 missing in Kangding.
In Jinyang, nine workers at the Sinohydro Bureau 10 were buried last Friday under landslides. All the bodies had been recovered by the weekend.
The Chediguan Bridge connecting Dujiangyan to Wenchuan reopened to traffic last Friday, after five days of construction. The bridge had collapsed under the weight of a landslide, killing six people and injuring 12. The bridge, which more than 10,000 vehicles cross daily, is vital to food transport as well as quake-reconstruction efforts.
Xinhua and China Daily
Lu Yumin, a tax official in Yibin, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for raping a 13-year-old girl. He paid a reported RMB6,000 to a aunt-and-niece team to locate a virgin and send her to a hotel.
Last Tuesday, a 28-year-old armed man in Chengdu robbed a convenience store, kidnapped a toddler, and then forcibly entered a taxi, causing the driver to flee. When he couldn't even start the cab's engine, however, it became apparent to onlookers that the man didn't know how to drive, and they held him until police came.
Nineteen-year-old Huang has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for stealing corpses from new graves and holding them ransom. Over the course of five months he had stolen eight corpses.
In yet another case of Chinese-netizen justice, a man who fatally shot another driver for blocking his way has been identified by police. Although the incident occurred on July 16, it wasn't until netizen "henery006" posted a report on a forum that news of the event became widespread, leading to the police's response 10 days later.
A July 26 wedding in a hotel in Luomashi, Chengdu turned sour when the groom was found dead in a room alone. The 32-year-old had consumed too much alcohol and been left on his own to sober up, where he was discovered having chocked on his own vomit, causing his death. The groom's mother is asking for the hotel to waive the RMB40,000 wedding cost as well as an addition RMB200,000 grievance sum and RMB10,000 for funeral expenses.
In a bid to increase its transparency, the Chengdu government has launched a citizen-complaint portal on its website to encourage feedback from residents about public services. Authorities currently receive about 36 letters every day from the public.
Shuangliu Airport Terminal 2 officially started construction on July 28 with plans to start operating in 2011. The terminal will more than double the airport's current size, and will feature external glass walls for enhanced viewing of aircrafts' takeoffs and landings as well as bamboo elements to embody the "unique charm of sichuan bamboo."
There are 51,000 "new aristocrats" in China, according to the latest research by Hurun Report, which specializes in tracking the wealthy. The Hurun Report looked at Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu, and Shenyang, in descending order of extravagance. In Chengdu, inclusion in the upper class calls for spending RMB38 million yearly. A researcher said Chengdu billionaires spend half of that on real estates, indoor decoration, luxury cars, their children's education, and club-member fees.
Sichuan Online and CRI English
With research by Miya Yang