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Geological hazards risk warning benefits 1880 counties nationwide

02-08-2017Source:China Meteorological News Press

Since the cooperation developed between meteorological and land resources departments in 2003, warnings of geological hazards risk have benefited nationwide 30 provinces and 1880 counties, and realized full coverage for geological-hazard-prone counties, which has greatly reduced numbers of casualties and established the cooperative models for disasters prevention.

Accurate and timely warning is very important guide for the public especially in the geological-hazard-prone areas. For example, on night of July 28, rainstorm hit Weining County of Guizhou to caused landslides, debris flow and other geological disasters. Thanks to the geological hazard risk warnings which released by local meteorological and land reources departments, the local government transferred 2000 people with zero casualties.

Meteorological departments own complete monitoring, forecast and warning system and land resources departments have obvious advantages in geological hazards detection and geological environment survey. Cooperation between two sides have deepened into monitoring, warning, joint linkage and every aspects. Two sides established platform to share meteorological and geological hazards information. In the annual flood season, the two departments all develop joint consultation to assess and analyze the geological hazards risk.

Through the full use of multi-resources and channels, the joint warning coverage is extended continuously. According to statistics, in 2014, the public coverage of geological hazards risk warning information has reached more than 82%. And the response measures also become more standardized. In Fujian, Hunan and other provinces, the red warning, as the “ Evacuation Order”, is incorporated into local regulations.

During 2015 and 2016, there were 1128 successful geological hazards forecasts that avoided casualties of more than 40,000 people. The annual death numbers caused by geological disasters have been down to 500 people from previous 1000 people during the period of the 12th Five-Year Plan.

In the future, the two sides will continue to strengthen the construction of long-term mechanism of meteorological risk warning for geological disasters, and further promote the convergence of warning with the governments and emergency plans, enhance the capacities building, formulate unitive warning standards and promote the professional talents construction. (Aug.2)

Reporter Ye Shanshan

Editor Hao Jing