Efforts against floods, droughts
Chinese government and departments at various levels have been ordered to get themselves ready for combating floods and droughts in the summer flood season and ensure the safety of major rivers and reservoirs.
As most parts of China have entered the main flood season, the disasters have already caused great human and property losses, said Hui at Saturday's meeting.
At the same time, other parts of China have been suffering serious droughts.
He urged people to be fully prepared for more floods and droughts and to closely monitor the changes brought by floods, droughts and other disasters.
Victims in disaster-hit areas should be provided with adequate food, shelter, clean drinking water, clothing and medical care, hestressed.
According to the latest statistics released by the headquartersand the Ministry of Civil Affairs, the floods this year have already killed 204, left 79 missing and affected 17.06 million people in 16 Chinese provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions.
They have also affected 1.828 million hectares and destroyed 614,000 hectares of farmland and damaged 137,900 houses.
Meanwhile, 6.647 million hectares of farmland from 11 provinceshave suffered
from droughts which have caused drinking water shortage for 11.08 million of
local residents and 6.37 million livestock.