Vice Premier Hui Liangyu stressed the importance of flood
control and drought relief Monday at the 2005 first plenary meeting
of the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters.
"The Chinese government must be fully aware of the austere
situation of China's flood control and drought relief work this
year and should take effective measures to fight the possible
natural disasters," he said.
Hui said the headquarters must be fully prepared for disastrous
floods and droughts this year and made relevant preparatory plans
to safeguard the life security of the people.
He said according to the meteorological administration,
excessive precipitation will cause floods around the country this
summer, and that all levels of the government should pay attention
to the "austere situation" of natural disasters this year and take
"Flood control and drought relief work this year will be of
great importance to guarantee the pleasing developing trend of the
agriculture and the all-around development of the economy," he
Local governments have been ordered to "attach great importance"
to the reservoirs on major rivers in China to control floods and to
guarantee sufficient water for the local people.
The vice premier also asked governments to complete disaster
plans and improve their abilities to forecast possible
"China did well in fighting the floods, mud-rock flows, mountain
slides and typhoons last year thanks to the leadership of the CPC
central committee and the State Council and the joint efforts of
the soldiers and the people," Hui said.
The casualties caused by the natural disasters were the fewest
since the 1990s, with the fewest reservoirs and dikes collapsing
and most water resources transferred to needy places.
Hui said these things all greatly contributed to the growing
production of crops, the rapid development of the national economy
and social stability last year.
(Xinhua News Agency April 12, 2005)