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Guangdong city evacuates 45,000 people amid heavy rain

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Guangdong city evacuates 45,000 people amid heavy rain
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Guangdong city evacuates 45,000 people amid heavy rain

2024-04-22 02:17 Last Updated At:04:17

Qingyuan City in south China's Guangdong Province has evacuated more than 45,000 people as heavy rain battered parts of the city.

The average rainfall in Qingyuan this April has been 444 millimeters, that's 2.1 times higher than the normal level for the same period in previous years.

Due to the continuous heavy rainfalls, some houses and farmlands have been flooded.

China's State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters has renewed a Level-III emergency response to possible flooding in Guangdong Province.

Authorities have allocated technical equipment for embankment inspection to Guangdong and prepared flood control and relief materials, the Ministry of Emergency Management said on Sunday.

Heavy rainfall in Guangdong could bring massive flooding in the region along the Beijiang River, the country's meteorological authorities have forecast.

The ministry has urged its work teams in Shaoguan and Qingyuan in this region to provide assistance and guidance in flood response work.

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

On Friday, the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters activated a Level-IV emergency response to possible flooding in Guangdong, Guangxi and Jiangxi.

Guangdong city evacuates 45,000 people amid heavy rain

Guangdong city evacuates 45,000 people amid heavy rain

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China's service outsourcing industry reports robust expansion

2024-05-22 04:25 Last Updated At:05:37

⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠China's service outsourcing industry saw robust expansion in the first four months of this year, the Ministry of Commerce said on Tuesday.

Chinese firms inked services outsourcing contracts worth a total of some 781.43 billion yuan (about 110 billion U.S. dollars) in the four-month period, up 14.4 percent year on year, according to the ministry.

The executed contract value stood at 520.51 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 12.9 percent.

Of the total, the value of offshore service outsourcing contracts rose 8.6 percent year on year to 419.04 billion yuan.

Specifically, the value of offshore information technology outsourcing (ITO) services provided by Chinese companies jumped by 10.9 percent from a year earlier.

China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the United States and the European Union ranked the top three markets in terms of the fulfilled contract value of offshore outsourcing service, accounting for 54 percent of the total.

Chinese firms undertook nearly 80 billion yuan(about 14.93 billion U.S. dollars) worth of offshore service outsourcing contracts that were fulfilled with countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative, up 24 percent from a year ago, while the offshore outsourcing services for Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) member countries totaled 73.26 billion yuan, up 16.6 percent year on year.

Outsourcing refers to hiring an outside party to carry out services or produce goods typically undertaken by in-house employees. In China, service outsourcing is typically divided into three sectors: information technology outsourcing, business process outsourcing and knowledge process outsourcing.

In the January-April period, the service outsourcing industry welcomed about 301,000 new hires, with 84.7 percent of these individuals holding a bachelor's degree or above. The sector had over 16.17 million employees at the end of April, among whom some 10.56 million were graduates with a bachelor's degree or higher.

China's service outsourcing industry reports robust expansion

China's service outsourcing industry reports robust expansion

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