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Approaching polar air to exacerbate situation in flood-hit southern Brazil: meteorologist

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Approaching polar air to exacerbate situation in flood-hit southern Brazil: meteorologist

2024-05-14 20:14 Last Updated At:20:37

⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠An approaching polar air mass is expected to result in significant temperature drop in southern Brazil, exacerbating the already challenging situation caused by ongoing floods, said a meteorologist, warning about the impacts of human interference on climate change. 

A major flooding caused by heavy rains in Brazil's southern state of Rio Grande do Sul has left hundreds of towns under water and caused widespread power and water outages, forcing the residents there to take shelter in open fields and on the roadsides.

According to the weather forecast, more rains will hit southern Brazil over the next few days. This is likely to further worsen the disaster, which has already resulted in 147 confirmed deaths in Rio Grande do Sul.

The governor of Rio Grande do Sul posted a video on social platforms, expressing concerns that the rivers are likely to surpass the levels witnessed last week, leading to further extensive and severe flooding.

However, the threat is not limited to floods, as temperatures are also expected to drop in the coming days due to the approaching cold wave.

"It will lower the temperatures significantly in southern Brazil, with temperatures approaching zero degrees. People are already wet and they will be cold," said Glauco Freitas, a meteorologist with the National Institute of Meteorology.

Freitas further warned that the extreme weather may be a testament to the impacts of climate change resulting from human interference.

"This disaster will go down in history as one of the events that prove the impacts of climate change, of human interference in the climate," he said. 

Officials estimated that over two million people have been impacted by days of rain in the region.

Approaching polar air to exacerbate situation in flood-hit southern Brazil: meteorologist

Approaching polar air to exacerbate situation in flood-hit southern Brazil: meteorologist

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Cargo throughput surges as China's ports streamline customs clearance

2024-07-20 07:14 Last Updated At:08:27

China's border ports have been implementing a range of cargo facilitation policies, leading to a surge in cargo throughput, with a nearly 57 percent year-on-year increase in the inspection of transportation vehicles in the first half of 2024.

According to the data recently released by the National Immigration Administration, China's ports inspected about 15.42 million vehicle, vessel, and train trips in the first six months of this year, a 56.9 percent jump from the same period last year.

The border ports have rolled out a series of measures to streamline customs clearance for cargo. At major land ports, fast lanes have been set up for the rapid release of critical supplies. At major seaports, online declaration has been enabled for border inspection boarding. In international shipping, arriving vessels can have much faster departures thanks to the efficient inspections.

The combined sea-rail transport model, utilizing maritime routes and the China-Europe freight train service, has made the port of Lianyungang in east China's Jiangsu Province one of the most convenient and economical gateways to the sea. It handles more than 80 percent of Kazakhstan's transit cargo to China.

At the port, containers carrying with auto parts, home appliances, and other products are offloaded, hoisted onto trucks, and then loaded onto China-Europe freight trains bound for destinations like Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

"From unloading to boarding the freight train, the entire process can now be completed in as little as eight minutes. These containers are expected to reach the border ports within six days, greatly reducing transportation time and cost," said a logistics company employee.

The Youyi Pass in the southern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, also known as Friendship Pass, on the China-Vietnam border is an important cross-national trade channel. To enhance the clearance efficiency of imported fruits, the port has established "durian-only" channels and green channels for agricultural products, as well as an intelligent inspection assistance system. A Chinese cargo truck can now clear customs in just 15 seconds.

As the country's largest land port for fruit imports and exports, the Youyi Pass saw fruit imports worth 23.92 billion yuan (about 3.3 billion U.S. dollars) in 2023, a 262.9-percent surge year on year.

Pattama Narmwong, chairman of the Thai Mangosteen Association, noted that the greatly improved clearance efficiency has considerably cut down on transportation time and costs, supporting the burgeoning development of fruit trade between China and Southeast Asian nations.

Cargo throughput surges as China's ports streamline customs clearance

Cargo throughput surges as China's ports streamline customs clearance

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