Go all out for emergency rescue and disaster relief to restore production and life as soon as possible-reports from multiple departments to strengthen flood control and disaster relief in Henan and other places
Xinhua News Agency, Beijing, July 21st, by wire Topic: Go all out for emergency rescue and disaster relief to restore production and life as soon as possible-reports from multiple departments to strengthen flood control and disaster relief in Henan and other places
Xinhua News Agency reporter
Henan and other places continue to experience heavy rainfall, Zhengzhou and other cities have suffered severe waterlogging, rivers have exceeded warning water levels, some railways have been suspended, and flights have been cancelled. Xinhua News Agency reporters went to relevant departments for interviews as soon as possible to understand the dynamics of rain and flood disasters, as well as the latest progress in implementing various measures and resuming production and life as soon as possible.
Emergency Management Department: Organize the transfer of personnel to avoid danger in time
At around 10 am on the 21st, No. 70, Guang’anmen South Street, Xicheng District, Beijing, where the Emergency Management Department is located. At the command center of the Emergency Management Department, a special video conference on flood prevention in key areas is being held.
At the meeting, the National Defense Office and the Ministry of Emergency Management requested that all regions and relevant departments make flood prevention and disaster relief a top priority at the moment, adhere to the people’s supremacy and life first, and do their best to fight floods and rescue, prevent waterlogging, and prevent typhoons to ensure The Yellow River and other river basins are safe during the flood season, and people’s lives are effectively safeguarded.
The National Defense Office and the Ministry of Emergency Management emphasized the need to strengthen rolling consultations, research and judgment, and organize personnel to transfer to avoid danger in a timely manner. Always put the protection of people’s lives and property safety in the first place, and decisively take measures such as subway suspension, closure of scenic spots, suspension of work and school, and timely transfer of the people in the downstream threatened areas of the reservoir, hidden danger points of geological disasters, and low-lying flood-prone areas. It is necessary to highlight the safety precautions of key projects such as the Yellow River dike. Strengthen safety patrols for tributaries, small and medium-sized rivers, reservoirs and dams in the Yellow River, Haihe River, Huaihe River, Songliao River Basin, in-depth investigation and rectification of dangerous sections, dyke-crossing culverts and gates, and other key risk hazards, and promptly and effectively deal with serious hazards such as piping and overflowing dams , To prevent threats to the safety of main dikes and key cities.
On the same day, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Emergency Management urgently allocated 60 million yuan in central natural disaster relief funds to Henan Province to support local flood relief and rescue work; the Ministry of Finance issued 40 million yuan in agricultural production and water conservancy relief funds to support post-disaster agricultural production in the disaster-stricken areas Rehabilitation and repair of water conservancy projects and other water-damaged facilities. As of 14:00 on the 21st, the fire rescue team had dispatched 23,700 officers and soldiers, 3,121 boats, rescued 6,459 trapped people in distress, and evacuated 15,300 people.
Ministry of Water Resources: Strengthening prevention of river floods and typhoon heavy rainfall
At 9 o’clock in the morning on the 21st, the reporter rushed to the National Water Engineering Dispatching Command Center of the Ministry of Water Resources. The rain and flood are being discussed here.
“The Zhengzhou Changzhuang Reservoir in danger on the 20th, 13 piping has been dealt with, and the dangerous situation has been effectively controlled” “The downstream dam slope of Guojiazui Reservoir has been eroded and collapsed on a large scale, but there has not been a dam breach, and the water level of the reservoir is currently falling”…will The latest news on the front line of flood prevention came from the business site.
The heavy rainfall not only affects the reservoir, it is worth noting that the main canal of the middle route of the South-to-North Water Diversion runs through Henan.
Wang Wei, director of the Technical Information Division of the Flood and Drought Prevention Department of the Ministry of Water Resources, told reporters that the main canal of the South-to-North Water Diversion Project is currently operating safely. The Ministry of Water Resources is instructing the Henan Provincial Department of Water Resources to prevent storms and floods, and urgently deploys the construction and management of the South-to-North Water Diversion Project. The Bureau is ready for various responses.
Through the canal head diversion sluice, the flow into the canal was lowered, the upstream retreat sluice was opened, and the operation and management personnel who might be affected were organized to evacuate to a safe area… In addition to the above measures, the Ministry of Water Resources also urgently notified the four provinces and cities of Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Henan and cities of the danger. And please make preparations for water cut and water source switching.
It is understood that the Ministry of Water Resources will conduct intensive consultations, analyze and judge rain and flood conditions on a rolling basis, and further arrange the deployment of river flood protection and typhoon and heavy rainfall prevention and response work. Strengthen forecasts and forecasts, further implement flood safety measures for reservoirs, closely monitor weather changes and typhoon “Chapaka” trends, and strengthen joint consultations with meteorological and other departments. Comprehensive investigation of small reservoirs and dangerous reservoirs in the rainfall area, and spare no effort to prevent floods and mountain torrent disasters in small and medium rivers.
The Ministry of Water Resources has upgraded the emergency response level of flood and drought disaster prevention to Level III, and dispatched working groups to Henan and Shanxi to guide flood control work, and dispatched working groups to Hebei to guide the local area to prepare for storm and flood prevention and response.
Ministry of Transport: Immediately carry out emergency response
At 2 pm on the 21st, the 9th industry-wide video conference on Zhengzhou’s response to the heavy rain was held in the meeting room on the 8th floor of the Civil Aviation Administration of China.
“The passengers in the Zhengzhou Airport terminal have evacuated 260 people, and the airport equipment and facilities are operating normally.” The Zhengzhou Airport staff at the other end of the screen said.
In the past few days, in response to the continuous heavy rainfall in many parts of Henan, the railway, civil aviation, highway and other departments have taken swift actions to respond.
The Ministry of Transport issued an emergency notice on the 21st, clarifying that in the event of an emergency such as flooding, in strict accordance with the requirements of the “Urban Rail Transit Organization and Management Measures”, if the conditions for safe operation are not met, the operation should be resolutely suspended; the operating unit shall follow The plan requires immediate emergency response and information reporting, and the transportation department will promptly notify relevant departments to promptly carry out emergency response work in accordance with the emergency response level to ensure the safety of passengers; for the line where flooding occurs, the safety assessment confirms that it is safe It can be put into operation after operating conditions to prevent secondary disasters.
In terms of railways, due to heavy rainfall affecting some railways, the railway department has adopted measures such as speed limit operation, waiting to avoid halfway stations, and suspension of operations; organizing railway units and cadres and employees along the way to provide food and drinking water to the trains on the way. The railway department stated that passengers are requested to pay attention to the announcements of local stations, official Weibo and WeChat messages in time for specific train operations.
China Railway Zhengzhou Bureau Group Co., Ltd. has urgently initiated the first-level rainfall emergency response. The relevant units quickly mobilized personnel, vehicles, machinery, and rescue materials to organize flood rescues.
In terms of civil aviation, the Civil Aviation Administration of China has held several industry-wide video conferences for deployment. Zhengzhou Airport will cooperate closely with air traffic control and airlines, focusing on organizing the evacuation of stranded passengers and making proper arrangements for food, accommodation and transportation.
Ministry of Industry and Information Technology: Communications emergency repair resumes intensively
The reporter learned from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology on the 21st that Zhengzhou City, Henan Province continued to experience extreme heavy rainfall, causing large areas of communication base stations in the city to be decommissioned, multiple communication optical cables were damaged, and user communication services were affected.
The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology immediately launched an emergency response plan and organized basic telecommunications companies to carry out emergency communications support overnight. On the 21st, a video dispatch meeting was organized to guide Henan Provincial Communications Administration and basic telecommunications companies to do their best to ensure emergency communications and repair and restore damaged communications facilities.
It is understood that the Henan Provincial Communications Administration organized the local communications industry to carry out emergency communications support for flood prevention and disaster relief as soon as possible. As of 10 o’clock on the 21st, the communications industry has overcome the impact of roads and mains interruptions, repairing 6,300 base stations and 170 optical cables for a total of 275 kilometers. The communications repair and restoration work is still in progress.
Central Meteorological Observatory: There is still rain in Henan
At 11 o’clock on the 21st, Chen Tao, chief forecaster of the Central Meteorological Observatory, told reporters after the meeting that the heavy rainfall in Henan this time has accumulated heavy rainfall, long duration, strong short-term rainfall, and extreme extremes.
Monitoring showed that from 8 am on the 17th to 8 am on the 21st, the average rainfall in Henan Province reached 144.7 mm; the average rainfall in Zhengzhou City was 458.2 mm, and the cumulative rainfall in some areas has exceeded the local average annual rainfall. The daily precipitation of 10 national meteorological stations, including Zhengzhou, Songshan, and Xinmi, exceeded the historical extreme value since the station was established. At 8 o’clock on the 21st, the China Meteorological Administration initiated a level II emergency response to major meteorological disasters (heavy rain).
Chen Tao analyzed and pointed out that the daytime precipitation area on the 21st has expanded northward as a whole. He said that in the next 24 hours, it is initially expected that there will be heavy rains in northern Henan, southern Hebei, and eastern Shanxi. Heavy rains will occur in some areas. Extremely heavy rains may occur in some areas on the windward slope of the eastern foot of Taihang Mountain, such as northwest Henan and southwest Hebei.
Experts reminded that in the border areas of Hebei, Henan, and Shanxi, precipitation will be concentrated in the next 24 hours. Affected by heavy rainfall, it is necessary to focus on the flood conditions in the Haihe River, the middle reaches of the Yellow River, and the upper reaches of the Huai River. (Reporters Yu Wenjing, Gao Jing, Wei Yukun, Huang Yao, Zhou Yuan, Zhang Xinxin, Fan Xi)