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High-quality water management key to support economic growth: authorities

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High-quality water management key to support economic growth: authorities

2024-06-19 23:36 Last Updated At:06-20 01:27

China's Ministry of Water Resources has reported significant progress in water management over the past decade, achieving stable water consumption during a period of sustained economic growth.

Data from the ministry shows that over the past decade, China maintained water consumption under 610 billion cubic meters annually, despite doubling its gross domestic product (GDP).

This period also saw a notable enhancement in flood and drought disaster prevention capabilities, alongside increased efficiency in water resource utilization, the ministry said.

"Over the past decade, China has significantly expanded its water supply capacity by approximately 200 billion cubic meters through new water conservancy projects, marking a threefold increase compared to the previous decade. This period has also seen the addition of approximately 87 million mu (equivalent to 5.8 million hectares) of irrigated farmland. Nationwide, the effective irrigated area for farmland now stands at 1.055 billion mu (over 70 million hectares), with rural tap water coverage reaching 90 percent," said Chen Min, vice minister of water resources, during a press briefing in Beijing on Tuesday.

China is accelerating efforts to build a national water grid, focusing on projects such as the Middle Route Project of the South-to-North Water Diversion Project, and preparing for the Western and Eastern Route extensions.

Provincial-level water grid construction plans have been approved across the board, with 72 percent of city-level and 40 percent of county-level plans finalized.

Since the beginning of this year, China has prioritized the reconstruction and expansion of water conservancy infrastructure, significantly boosting investment and project implementation.

Investments in water projects from January to May exceeded last year's figures, with 26 provinces allocating funds exceeding 10 billion yuan (nearly 1.4 billion U.S. dollars) each.

Provinces and municipalities such as Hebei, Zhejiang, Guangdong, Sichuan, Hubei, Beijing, Anhui, and Henan have invested over 40 billion yuan (over 5.5 billion U.S. dollars) each.

In support of these initiatives, an additional 147.6 billion yuan (over 20 billion U.S. dollars) from sovereign bond funds has been earmarked for water conservancy projects.

These projects have advanced infrastructure development and provided employment for nearly 1.3 million people in the construction sector, marking a 7.2 percent increase from the previous year, crucial for stabilizing national economic growth and employment.

High-quality water management key to support economic growth: authorities

High-quality water management key to support economic growth: authorities

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Sewing workshop struggles in ruins to mend clothes for displaced Gaza residents

2024-07-19 22:05 Last Updated At:22:57

A sewing workshop has been operating in ruins to mend worn-out clothes for displaced Palestinians in the war-torn Gaza Strip, as Israel's continuous destruction of the enclave has made new clothes a luxury almost impossible to come by or afford.

The UN humanitarian coordinator for Gaza said in early July that a total of 1.9 million people, around 80 percent of the region's population, were displaced.

However, in a room behind demolished walls in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis, a sewing workshop has quietly been set up, with some workers using sewing machines recovered from a bombed-out tailoring workshop to provide mending services.

"I opened the workshop after I was able to recover the sewing machines and some fabric from the old factory. I work to serve all the displaced people of the Gaza Strip, such as people from the al-Mawasi area in Khan Younis and the Nuseirat [refugee camp]," said Abu Samer Shaat, the workshop owner.

The prolonged and intense Israel-Hamas conflict has forced a great number of Gazan families to flee from one place to another. Due to the continuous destruction of their homes and shelters, all they left were the clothes they wear.

Shops, markets and factories were turned into rubble as a result of the Israeli bombing, and the surviving trading sites in Gaza also suffer a shortage of clothes and fabrics due to Israel's ban on entry of goods and materials.

"Our clothes became loose. We had to take them to tailors to mend them as they had become worn out. There are no new clothes in the market. If there are a few, the prices will be very high, and we will not be able to buy them because we do not have any source of income. Our entire lives have come to a halt," said Hoda Al-Maghari, a displaced Palestinian.

Sewing workshop struggles in ruins to mend clothes for displaced Gaza residents

Sewing workshop struggles in ruins to mend clothes for displaced Gaza residents

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