CHENGDU, June 27 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice Premier Hui
Liangyu has urged local officials in quake-hit Sichuan Province to step up
efforts ahead of the coming flood season.
During a visit from June 25-27, Hui said
flood-control conditions in areas hit by last year's devastating quake were
"rather grim," as the flood season was coming and potentially risky spots were
He asked local authorities to put people's lives
first and beef up efforts to ensure the safety of reservoirs, embankments and
"quake lakes." Such lakes are formed by debris from earthquakes.
Defense projects should be consolidated to guard
against mountain floods, landslips and mudslides, he said.
He also called for more efforts to channel quake
lakes and speedy reconstruction of water-conservation facilities shattered by
Local authorities should closely monitor extreme
weather changes and relocate people promptly, he said.