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Rescue efforts at PNG landslide site face significant challenges: UN official

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Rescue efforts at PNG landslide site face significant challenges: UN official

2024-05-28 04:44 Last Updated At:15:07

Rescue efforts to dig out possible survivors buried under the rubble of a massive landslide in Papua New Guinea (PNG) are facing significant dangers and challenges, a United Nations official said on Monday.

The landslide struck PNG's Enga Province in the early hours of Friday while many people were asleep at home. One village was entirely flattened by the torrent of mud and debris.

Rescuers are battling in the face of adverse weather conditions and the risk of further landslides, said Serhan Aktoprak, Chief of Mission for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in the Pacific island country.

If the region experiences any more rainfall in the near future, it could lead to an unprecedented disaster, he added.

The PNG National Disaster Center has confirmed that more than 2,000 people were buried alive in the landslide.

Rescue efforts at PNG landslide site face significant challenges: UN official

Rescue efforts at PNG landslide site face significant challenges: UN official

Rescue efforts at PNG landslide site face significant challenges: UN official

Rescue efforts at PNG landslide site face significant challenges: UN official

China continues to optimize the energy consumption structure, and promote green and low-carbon development to a new height, said a senior official in Beijing on Thursday.

Since the 18th Communist Party of China (CPC) National Congress in 2012, China has made a new leap in the level of energy security and stable supply, while continuously optimizing the energy consumption structure, said Zhang Jianhua, director of the National Energy Administration.

From 2013 to 2023, the total production of primary energy rose 35 percent. The installed wind power generation capacity increased by nearly five times, and the installed photovoltaic power generation capacity increased by over 30 times, said Zhang.

The official also said that China has established the world's largest charging infrastructure system. Over the course of 10 years, the proportion of coal consumption has dropped by 12.1 percentage points, while the proportion of consumption in non-fossil fuel sources such as wind power, solar power, hydropower, and nuclear power has increased by 7.7 percentage points. As a result, the "green content" of economic development has significantly improved.

So far, China is one of the world's advanced countries in terms of energy technology modernization.

In the future, the country will coordinate energy security and low-carbon transformation, reduce the consumption of fossil fuel energy, and continuously promote the transformation and upgrading of energy utilization.

Meanwhile, China is intensifying its efforts in the development of non-fossil energy, while coordinating the advancement of nuclear power, hydropower, and new energy development and utilization, aiming to promote high-quality development of energy.

"By 2025, approximately 12 million charging facilities will be established nationwide. Efforts will be made to increase the electrification level of end-use energy to around 30 percent by 2025. We will continue to expand the scale of green electricity consumption and increase the proportion of non-fossil energy consumption by one percentage point every year," said Zhang.

China continues to optimize energy consumption structure, promote green, low-carbon development

China continues to optimize energy consumption structure, promote green, low-carbon development

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