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Vice-premier calls for work on flood control, drought relief

Updated: Jun 15,2017 9:17 AM

Vice-Premier Wang Yang (3rd L, back), also head of the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters, presides over a plenary meeting of the headquarters in Beijing, capital of China, June 14, 2017. [Photo/Xinhua]

At a plenary meeting of the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters in Beijing on June 14, Vice-Premier Wang Yang stressed that related departments should issue alerts about the severity of flood-drought disasters while carrying out the State Council’s plan for flood control and drought relief.

The vice-premier said their implementation should give priority to the safety of people’s life and property, focus on major disasters while adopting concrete measures in flood control and disaster prevention, in an effort to reduce post-disaster loss as much as possible.

According to weather forecasts, China will face multiple extreme weather conditions with a strong possibility of typhoon landing, so related departments should fulfill their responsibility in flood prevention and drought relief as an essential part of the chief executive responsibility system, said Wang.

He also urged more efforts on enhancing weather surveillance of disasters’ severity level in order to raise the alarm in a timely manner while accelerating consolidation of weak sections along large rivers, managing branches, and reinforcing small reservoirs.

In addition, he called for stepping up efforts to establish an efficient system for emergency checkups and mitigation, and emphasized the importance of coordinating water use.