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Death toll from south Brazil's rainstorm hits 151

2024-05-17 16:58 Last Updated At:22:27

The death toll of south Brazil rainstorm has hit 151, while another 104 people remain missing, Brazil's Civil Defense agency said Thursday.

Since torrential rains began to lash the country's southernmost state, Rio Grande do Sul, on April 29, floods and mudslides have left some 600,000 people homeless.

According to the Civil Defense agency's latest report, over 2.28 million residents have been directly impacted by the disaster in the state, which borders Argentina and Uruguay, and is a center of Brazilian agribusiness, as well as the top rice producer in Latin America.

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva visited the area on Wednesday, speaking to those taking refuge in shelters, and pledged more aid for displaced families so they can buy new homes.

The government has set up an extraordinary secretariat in Porto Alegre, which has the ranking of a ministry, to coordinate relief and recovery efforts through February 2025.

In addition to government efforts, statistics show that more than 15,000 volunteers from all over Brazil have contributed to disaster relief in the region.

At a relief supply distribution center in Porto Alegre, capital of the state of Rio Grande do Sul, about 2,000 volunteers have been working in morning and evening shifts to help local authorities receive and distribute donations from all over the country.

Guilherme Miller, a local English teacher, became one of the volunteers after the rainstorms forced the closure of his school.

"Any person who has one hour to help can come here, can help. It's my duty to come here and work every day as much as I can," said Miller.

In a shelter in the hardest-hit city of Canoas, more than 260 people have lost their homes and there is a shortage of medical personnel. Fabio, a doctor of a private hospital in Porto Alegre, took the initiative to provide medical services at the shelter.

"I'm doing my best to help with both medical care and nighttime emergencies. This weekend, 200 volunteer doctors and nurses from Santa Catarina will be here to help," said Fabio.

Death toll from south Brazil's rainstorm hits 151

Death toll from south Brazil's rainstorm hits 151

Death toll from south Brazil's rainstorm hits 151

Death toll from south Brazil's rainstorm hits 151

Death toll from south Brazil's rainstorm hits 151

Death toll from south Brazil's rainstorm hits 151

Death toll from south Brazil's rainstorm hits 151

Death toll from south Brazil's rainstorm hits 151

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WTO meeting appreciates Chinese's contribution to world economy

2024-07-18 17:32 Last Updated At:18:27

⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Delegates from the member countries of the World Trade Organization (WTO) appreciated China's contribution to promoting global economic growth and upholding the multilateral trading system on Thursday,  the first day of WTO's ninth Trade Policy Review of China.

The ninth review of the trade policies and practices of China takes place on July 17 and 19, 2024. The basis for the review is a report by the WTO Secretariat and a report by the Chinese government.

At the review meeting at the WTO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, delegates recognized that China's economy has shown strong resilience in the face of multiple external challenges, achieving a growth rate of 5.2 percent in 2023, and remaining an important driving force of the global economic recovery in the aftermath of the COVID-19 epidemic.

They said China has been the most important trading partner of many members, and has continued to promote trade and investment liberalization and facilitation in recent years by reducing tariffs, optimizing customs clearance procedures and introducing negative lists.

The delegates recognized that China has continuously promoted market-oriented reforms and green transformation and development of its economy through various measures, such as strengthening technological innovation, and has made outstanding contributions to the global low-carbon and green development and the response to climate change.

They said that China is an important and responsible WTO member and has played a positive and constructive role in the organization. In particular, some delegates spoke highly of China's great achievements in alleviating poverty and promoting inclusive and balanced development among regions and groups, which provide a successful model and development confidence for other developing members.

Some delegates hoped that China will improve the transparency of its trade policies so that other members could understand China's business environment, further open its market, especially to developing and the least-developed members, improve the level of facilitation and welcome more trade partners to share opportunities in the Chinese market, and increase outward foreign investment and technology assistance to deepen bilateral economic and trade relations. 

Many members also expressed the hope that China would continue to firmly practice multilateralism, support the development agenda and take more leadership in WTO reform.

WTO meeting appreciates Chinese's contribution to world economy

WTO meeting appreciates Chinese's contribution to world economy

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