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China intensifies flood relief work as intense rainfall continues

2024-06-25 22:04 Last Updated At:06-26 02:57

China is sparing no efforts in flood control and rescue work as several regions continue to suffer heavy rainfall, with authorities working to ensure the safety of businesses and homes.

In east China's Zhejiang province, local authorities are rushing to repair and clear damaged roads to restore traffic.

In east China's Jiangxi province, tourists are being assisted with free ticket refunds after downpours halted train services.

Along the Yangtze River, water levels are rapidly rising. Local authorities are accelerating efforts to discharge floodwater from reservoirs, with more than 1.6 million residents surrounding the reservoir areas relocated to safer locations.

In northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, local authorities are strengthening efforts to monitor and patrol along 15 rivers where water levels have surpassed the alert threshold.

As of 20:00 on Tuesday, flood alerts have been issued for 35 rivers across China. The Ministry of Water Resources and the Ministry of Emergency Management have mobilized several working groups to assist with flood control efforts in the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River and the northeast region.

The State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters has implemented a Level-III flood emergency response in Hunan, Zhejiang, Anhui, and Jiangxi provinces, and initiated a Level-IV flood control emergency response in Heilongjiang.

China intensifies flood relief work as intense rainfall continues

China intensifies flood relief work as intense rainfall continues

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China, Vanuatu enjoy long, close relationship

2024-07-14 11:02 Last Updated At:11:37

China and the Pacific islands nation of Vanuatu have been enjoying a long-term and close ties since the two countries established diplomatic ties in 1982.

Vanuatu gained independence in 1980 after being under the joint sovereignty of France and Britain. Two years later, Vanuatu and China established formal diplomatic relations. The Chinese embassy was built just a few years after that.

Today, China is Vanuatu's second largest trading partner, accounting for about a quarter of the country's imports.

Earlier this month, China donated a new multi-million-dollar presidential palace in a handover ceremony. It's the latest in a series of Chinese aid projects that includes the National Convention Center, and government offices.

"Vanuatu's relationship with China is very important. It's one of our main important relationships we have. Traditionally, we've had very strong relations with Australia. Australia has been our, and I think it still is our main source of development assistance and trade. But more and more China has been coming into that space. China has become much more important as we see the rise of China," said Ralph Regenvanu, Minister of Climate Change of Vanuatu.

Vanuatu is blessed with a diverse terrain and beautiful scenery.

Vanuatu's capital of Port Vila, home to around 50,000 people, is the country's biggest city. While small in size, it is usually bustling with people, thanks in part to the role tourism plays in this country.

The Republic of Vanuatu sits in the Pacific, about 1,700 kilometers northeast of Australia.

It's a Y-shaped archipelago, consisting of more than 80 islands formed from volcanoes. In fact, there are several active volcanoes, as well as underwater volcanoes in the country. Volcanic activity is described as an ever-present danger. The most recent one took place last year.

The country's geography and location in the Pacific makes it more prone to natural disasters than almost any other places on the planet. That includes the ever present danger of cyclones. Last year, Vanuatu was hit by back-to-back cyclones in just 48 hours, impacting most of the country's more than 300,000 people.

About 80 percent of the population depends entirely on subsistence farming as it is an agriculture-based economy.

People grow and sell tropical fruits and vegetables as their main source of income. Some of the main crops include kava, coconut and coffee.

Like many Pacific islands nations, the beautiful country is being greatly impacted by climate change which includes rising sea-level, coastal erosion and damage from more frequent and more intense severe weather events.

China, Vanuatu enjoy long, close relationship

China, Vanuatu enjoy long, close relationship

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