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Heavy rain hits Guangdong, triggering emergency response

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Heavy rain hits Guangdong, triggering emergency response
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Heavy rain hits Guangdong, triggering emergency response

2024-04-21 21:47 Last Updated At:22:17

Torrential rain hit south China's Guangdong Province on Saturday, raising water level of several rivers, stranding people, and disrupting traffic and railway services.   Beijiang River in the Pearl River basin experienced its second flood of the year on Saturday evening due to the heavy rainfall. In response, the Pearl River committee of the Water Resources Ministry has upgraded the emergency response for flood control from level-IV to level-III.   As the heavy rainfall is expected to continue, the provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters decided to raise the emergency response for flood control and prevention work from level-III to level-II from 18:00 Saturday.

China has a four-tier flood-control emergency response system, with Level I being the most severe response.

The heavy rainfall has also caused reservoir levels to rise. The water flow at Feilaixia hydrological station in Qingyuan City is expected to rise to 17,000 cubic meters per second on Monday, three meters above the alarm level.   In preemptive actions, reservoirs in the province were opened to discharge water, aiming to reduce pressure and mitigate potential flooding.   On Saturday, the sustained heavy rainfall in Qingyuan led to flooding in some low-lying areas, stranding residents in their homes. Some houses were half-submerged by flood waters.   Emergency responders utilized inflatable boats to reach the stranded residents and transfer 20 affected people to safety.   A sudden downpour hit urban areas of Guangzhou, the provincial capital, on Saturday afternoon, causing waterlogging on the streets. The local government has raised its emergency response level for rainstorms to level-II and activated a level-II emergency response for rainstorm and waterlogging prevention.   By night, the rainfall noticeably subsided, and the emergency response has been lifted.   Affected by the heavy rain, some trains on the Beijing-Guangzhou route through Shaoguan City in northern Guangdong were canceled or rerouted, leaving many passengers stranded.   The railway authorities quickly organized shuttle buses to transport affected passengers. A total of 3,478 passengers had been ferried to other railway stations by Saturday noon.

Heavy rain hits Guangdong, triggering emergency response

Heavy rain hits Guangdong, triggering emergency response

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AI-themed exhibits prominent at int'l cultural industries fair

2024-05-25 00:50 Last Updated At:01:17

Artificial Intelligence (AI)-driven technologies and AI-themed exhibits are dominating the 20th China (Shenzhen) International Cultural Industries Fair (ICIF) that officially opened in Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong Province on Thursday, ensuring visitors of a brighter and smarter future.

For the first time, the five-day event has set up an international cultural trade exhibition, with an exhibition area spanning 20,000 square meters.

The main venue consists of eight pavilions focused on areas such as the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area's cultural industry innovation, the integration of culture and tourism, gaming and e-sports, and Guochao, also known as Chinese trends or "China chic".

A special exhibition of "Cultural and Creative China" has been set up at the fair to showcase the latest achievements in promoting the creative transformation and innovative development of fine traditional Chinese culture.

Visitors can have an immersive experience at the historical sites across China without personally visiting them via the cutting-edge AI applications.

The state-of-the-art technologies can also "revive" the ancient people who passed away thousands of years ago, helping visitors understand more about history and civilizations through the analysis of available data. Additionally, people can use AI to create interactive experiences and simulated conversations with the historical figures.

An AI-controlled mouse that can listen to users' voice commands and convert them into text wows visitors. Exhibitors say the tool is expected to be a game-changer to make our jobs more convenient and efficient.

According to the organizers, the event held offline and online simultaneously has attracted over 6,000 government entities, cultural organizations and enterprises, with more than 120,000 exhibits on display.

More than 300 overseas exhibitors from 60 countries and regions are participating in the fair.

Established in 2004, the fair has become a leading cultural event in China and an important platform to assist the Chinese culture in going global.

AI-themed exhibits prominent at int'l cultural industries fair

AI-themed exhibits prominent at int'l cultural industries fair

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