Top weather experts: Weather disasters may rise 2009-06-30 09:58:17   Print

    BEIJING, June 30 (Xinhua) -- The nation is bracing for a higher risk of more extreme weather as a trend toward increasing weather-related disasters has been recorded since the 1990s, top weather experts have said.

    "Extreme weather will be more frequent in the future due to the instability of the atmosphere, and global warming might be the indirect cause," He Lifu, the top weather forecaster at the China Meteorological Administration (CMA), was cited by Tuesday's China Daily as saying.

    The CMA responded to 16 emergencies last year to address weather-related disasters, the most since 1949.

    Statistics from the Ministry of Civil Affairs suggest extreme weather caused an annual economic loss of over 176.2 billion yuan (25 billion U.S. dollars) on average in the 1990s. But the figure rose to an annual average of 244 billion yuan between 2004 and last year.

    The State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters has warned in a statement that "drought has become more frequent, causing more crop failures in the country" since the 1990s.

    Zhang Jiatuan, director of the drought relief division at the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters, said grain loss caused by drought has averaged 37.28 million tonnes each year since 2000, almost twice that for the 1980s.

Editor: Xiong Tong
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