DIS­AS­TER MIT­I­GA­TION China steps up dis­as­ter con­trol amid wet­ter flood sea­son

Fiji Sun - - China News - Xinhua

Beijing: Heavy floods have hit many parts of China since the start of the flood sea­son due to se­vere rain­fall this year, and prepa­ra­tions should be made for flood con­trol in au­tumn, an of­fi­cial said on Tues­day.

A to­tal of 585 rivers in 25 provin­cial-level re­gions were struck by floods above the alarm level, up 31 per cent and 52 per cent from those of the same pe­riod in 2017 and 2018, Ye Jianchun, vice min­is­ter of water re­sources said at a press con­fer­ence.

China suf­fered from stronger rain­fall dur­ing the flood sea­son this year com­pared with the same pe­riod of pre­vi­ous years, with 32 times as much tor­ren­tial rain hit­ting the coun­try, the sec­ond-high­est since tor­ren­tial rain was first recorded in 2013, said Ye.

In ad­di­tion, four ty­phoons landed in China this year, in­clud­ing Typhoon Lekima, the ninth and strong­est of the year, which brought to­tal pre­cip­i­ta­tion of more than 153 bil­lion cu­bic me­tres and af­fected a large part of the coun­try, the vice min­is­ter said.

Ye also warned of the pos­si­bil­ity of floods in au­tumn this year. Ex­perts should be or­gan­ised to strengthen guid­ance on flood preven­tion skills and ef­forts should be made to en­hance in­for­ma­tion shar­ing with me­te­o­rol­ogy and emer­gency man­age­ment de­part­ments to pre­vent flood-re­lated disas­ters, he said.

Fire­men help peo­ple who are trans­ported by the he­li­copter from the trapped area in Wenchuan county, South­west China’s Sichuan prov­ince, Au­gust 22, 2019.

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