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Fatalities climb to 57 with 22 missing in Indonesia's lava floods

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Fatalities climb to 57 with 22 missing in Indonesia's lava floods

2024-05-15 09:16 Last Updated At:18:47

The death toll from the cold lava floods in West Sumatra Province of Indonesia has risen to 57, with 22 people still missing, a senior official of a local disaster agency said on Tuesday evening.

The cold lava floods on Saturday night, which were triggered by rains, destroyed buildings, roads and other infrastructure facilities in the regencies of Tanah Datar, Agam and Pariaman, and Padang Panjang town.

The rescuers have been carrying out operations using both heavy machinery and hand tools. They found several more bodies on Tuesday, bringing the total fatalities to 57. So far, the 22 people reported missing would be the target of the search and rescue operation, according to head of the rehabilitation and reconstruction unit of disaster management and mitigation agency of West Sumatra Province Ilham Wahab.

The official said that the rescuers would focus on the estuaries of the rivers as several bodies were already found in the areas. On land, the focus would be the spots where the victims were suspected to be buried by the cold lava, he added.

He noted that experts would consider the option of relocating the residents during the reconstruction and rehabilitation projects.

Under the influence of El Nino, the rainy season in Indonesia lasted longer than usual this year, resulting in frequent disasters such as flash floods and landslides.

Fatalities climb to 57 with 22 missing in Indonesia's lava floods

Fatalities climb to 57 with 22 missing in Indonesia's lava floods

Fatalities climb to 57 with 22 missing in Indonesia's lava floods

Fatalities climb to 57 with 22 missing in Indonesia's lava floods

Fatalities climb to 57 with 22 missing in Indonesia's lava floods

Fatalities climb to 57 with 22 missing in Indonesia's lava floods

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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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