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Chinese president, premier urge all-out efforts to protect the public from floods, minimize damages

07-15-2010 09:10 BJT Special Report:Rainstorm Batters Large Parts of China |

BEIJING, July 14 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao have ordered ministries and local governments to ensure the safety of the public and minimize property losses as the country entered the flood season.

Hu and Wen stressed that people residing in areas under the threat of floods and typhoons must be relocated to safety in a timely manner and their life and work must be minimally disrupted, according to a statement from the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters released on Wednesday.

Further, ministries and local governments should enhance river and water checks as well as meteorological monitoring and early warning forecasts, make every endeavor to guard against landslides, mud-rock flows and other geological disasters and prepare for possible floods in major rivers as well as typhoon disasters, according to Hu and Wen's directives.

Also, water resource projects must be managed scientifically to ensure the safety of reservoirs and riverbanks, Hu and Wen said, demanding the improvement of accountability of officials for flood control and disaster relief efforts among governments at all levels.

Vice Premier Hui Liangyu on Wednesday presided over a video conference on flood control and relief work along the Yangtze River, passing on Hu and Wen's directives and making flood control arrangements with local governments in Jiangsu, Anhui, Jiangxi, Hubei, Hunan and Sichuan provinces, along with the Chongqing Municipality.

Hui said this year China was facing a grave situation of combating floods and providing relief to those affected by natural disasters due to extreme weather conditions.

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