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China launches emergency floods response, plans national water parks

The China National Commission for Disaster Reduction and the Ministry of Emergency Management on Thursday, August 4, 2022, jointly initiated a Level IV emergency response for flood relief in several areas.

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Rescue workers evacuate flood-affected residents with a dinghy after heavy rainfall brought by Typhoon Chaba flooded the villages, in Beihai, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China July 4, 2022. Photo credit: cnsphoto via REUTERS

The areas include the city of Panjin and northeast China’s Liaoning Province.

The ministry said work teams have been dispatched to assist with local disaster relief and flood control efforts.

The Raoyang River in Panjin saw two rounds of rainstorms hit the area in July.

The flood was the most severe ever recorded, leading to the river to burst its dyke on Monday.

More than 6,000 local residents have been relocated.

Heavy downpours are expected to hit some parts of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and northeast China in the next three days, according to the country’s meteorological department.

China has a four-tier flood control emergency response system, with Level I being the most severe response.

In a related development, China would have over 1,000 national-level water conservancy scenic spots by the end of 2025, according to its Ministry of Water Resources.

During the 2021-2025 period, more than 100 such scenic areas would be built, stated a guideline released by the ministry.

The development of water parks, which combined water conservation and sightseeing, could  help maintain the healthy state of rivers and lakes and meet the growing needs of people for better lives.

According to the latest official tally, China has 902 national water parks including the Xiaolangdi Reservoir on the Yellow River, covering 31 provincial-level regions in the country.

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