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Firefighters rescue dozens from floods after record rainfall in Guangxi

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Firefighters rescue dozens from floods after record rainfall in Guangxi

2024-05-19 23:19 Last Updated At:05-20 16:27

Torrential rain lashed multiple cities in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region over the weekend, triggering severe flooding that trapped numerous residents in regional capital Nanning and prompted an emergency response from firefighters.

The floodwaters reached depths of nearly 1.8 meters at a residential complex in Nanning City and submerged the ground floor of a building, trapping 12 people in their homes.

Firefighters used rubber boats to navigate the floodwaters, maneuvering around floating debris to reach the stranded individuals. After nearly two hours, all 12 were safely evacuated to safety.

Elsewhere in the city's Xingning District, a car stalled in 1.5 meter high waters under a bridge, stranding two people on the vehicle's roof. With fire trucks unable to access the area due to complex underwater conditions, firefighters deployed rubber boats to swiftly rescue the trapped pair.

In Nanning's Xixiangtang district, a factory building was submerged under 1.5 meters of floodwater, trapping 17 people, some seeking safety on roof beams. Firefighters used ladders and rubber boats to evacuate the stranded group to safety within half an hour.

The heavy downpour also caused severe flooding in a rural area administered by Nanning. Rapid currents submerged most roads up to knee level. Firefighters waded through the waters to reach stranded villagers and evacuated 20 people in groups.

Guangxi's Qinzhou City issued a red alert for rainstorms on Sunday, the most severe in China's four-tier warning system. According to data provided by the meteorological department, the 24-hour cumulative rainfall of 610.5 millimeters broke the city's historical record.

The maximum rainfall occurred in the city's Longmengang Town on Sunday, where meteorological data also showed a record-breaking 189.6 millimeters of rain fell within just one hour early this morning.

The intense rainfall triggered flooding that trapped people in shops, warehouses and homes across the city. As of 15:00 Sunday, over 210 stranded residents had been evacuated by firefighters and emergency crews.

Qinzhou has since lifted its red alert.

Firefighters rescue dozens from floods after record rainfall in Guangxi

Firefighters rescue dozens from floods after record rainfall in Guangxi

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China's 2024 summer grain output hits record high

2024-07-15 11:55 Last Updated At:12:07

China achieved a bumper summer grain harvest in 2024, with the output reaching a record high of 149.78 million tons, up by 2.5 percent or nearly 3.63 million tons year on year, recent official data showed.

The ample yields of staple crops help bolster the country's food security, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.

The summer grain output per hectare reached 5,628 kilograms, an increase of 2.5 percent or 135.4 kilograms from last year. Notably, the wheat yield per hectare reached 5,986 kilograms, marking a 150-kilogram increase from 2023.

Currently, China has over 1 billion mu (about 66.67 million hectares) of high-standard farmland nationwide, effectively increasing grain yields per unit.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs has launched a three-year plan aimed at enhancing the unit yield of wheat, along with a governmental fund of 1.6 billion yuan (about 220 million U.S. dollars) to support efforts in pest control, disease prevention, and heat resistance.

"We focus on addressing challenges in wheat planting process, including issues with plowing, sowing, management, and harvesting. By integrating fine varieties, key technologies, and advanced agricultural machinery, we've significantly increased unit yield of wheat over extensive regions. Henan Province has seen a rebound in wheat production, and major wheat-producing provinces like Shandong, Hebei, Jiangsu, and Anhui have achieved record-high yields per unit area," said Lyu Xiutao, deputy director of Department of Crop Production at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.

China's 2024 summer grain output hits record high

China's 2024 summer grain output hits record high

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