China readies for more bad weather next month


TOPSHOT - This aeiral photo taken on July 26, 2021 shows rescuers evacuating people at a flooded area in Weihui, Xinxiang city, in China's central Henan province. (Photo by STR/ AFP)/ China OUT

BEIJING: China will step up efforts to issue weather warnings and ensure better coordination and implementation of emergency responses as it braces for more extreme weather in August, a flood control chief said on Wednesday.

July and August are the traditional flooding season in China.

Since this year’s flood started, average precipitation nationwide has been 31.48cm, a drop of 1.1% year-on-year.

But some areas have been hit by torrential rains over a very short period of time.

Some 33 weather stations have logged record daily rainfall and flood control facilities in many places have not handled the pressure well, Zhou Xuewen, secretary-general of the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters and vice-minister of emergency management, said at a news conference held by the State Council Information Office.

“As the frequency of extreme weather brought by climate change has been increasing, we must improve our weather forecasting system so it can issue accurate weather warnings.

“Local authorities need to test their emergency response systems to make sure that they are effective, while emergency response teams must react quickly when extreme weather hits,” Zhou said.

Local authorities must ensure weather warnings are passed on to every community member. They also need to have detailed plans on how to relocate people to safe areas, Zhou said. — China Daily/ANN

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