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Premier says quick response to floods can kill rumors

Updated: Jul 31,2016 10:22 AM     Xinhua/english.gov.cn

BEIJING — Premier Li Keqiang has urged local governments to publish flood control information and respond to public concerns in a timely manner, so that the public can trust the information released by the government, which should be based on facts, instead of online rumors.

Premier Li also urged local authorities to stay alert for floods and make more efforts to prevent casualties as the country faces “a grim situation” in flood control.

The Premier made the remarks while inspecting the Office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters on July 29.

Local governments must strengthen monitoring and early warning of floods and defuse risks to protect people’s lives as well as major projects and facilities, Premier Li said.

In areas that might be exposed to extreme rainfalls, detailed evacuation plans must be made to ensure responsibilities are clearly defined and alerts passed to the remotest corner, the Premier told officials.

Casualties caused by weak responses will not be tolerated, he said.

The Premier noted that problems have been revealed in some places, such as inadequate flood control capability and ineffective emergency response.

He said flood control remains a complicated task and told authorities not to underestimate the difficulties and take seriously the possibility of more disasters including waterlogging, mountain floods and mud-rock flows.

The country faces a rarely grim situation in flood control this year, impacted by super El Nino, and July-August is a critical period, he said.

He demanded timely distribution of funds and materials to make sure displaced people have food to eat, clothes to wear, water to drink, shelters to live in and doctors to see.

Priority of the rebuilding plan must be given to schools and hospitals, as well as infrastructures such as water supply, road, electricity and telecommunications, the Premier said.

Premier Li said that schools and hospitals damaged by floods should be repaired quickly to ensure as little inconvenience as possible.

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