China launches emergency response in face of severe tropical storm

Path of tropical storm Haikui.
China initiated an emergency response and early-warning plan for disaster relief in order to cope with the severity of tropical storm Haikui, according to a circular issued by the National Commission for Disaster Reduction on Monday.

The circular said that civil affairs offices in Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui and Fujian, as well as disaster relief material reserves in cities such as Hefei and Fuzhou, should be prepared to cope with the storm.

Civil affairs offices at all levels should boost their cooperation with other local departments, including meteorological centers, oceanic administrations and resources departments, and keep a close eye on flooding caused by the tropical storm, the circular said.

It also stressed that related departments should use text messaging, electronic signs, broadcast media, TV programs and the Internet to release disaster warnings, disaster prevention information and emergency first aid tips to the public in a timely manner.

Disaster relief material reserve departments should strengthen coordination with local railway and transportation departments in order to ensure that the materials arrive in disaster-hit areas in a safe and timely manner, the circular said.

Xinhua