BEIJING, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- China has allocated 8.8 billion yuan (1.34 billion U.S. dollars) in the last five years to support weather modification programs as part of efforts to relieve drought and minimize the impact of natural disasters, the Ministry of Finance said Wednesday.
From 2012 to 2017, central fiscal funds contributed 1.17 billion yuan to the program, while local fiscal funds contributed 7.64 billion yuan, the ministry said on its website.
FUZHOU/HANGZHOU, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- More than 200,000 people have been evacuated from Fujian and Zhejiang provinces as of Wednesday as Talim, the region's 18th typhoon this year, moves rapidly towards China's southeast coast.
The provincial meteorological department of Fujian forecast that Talim would intensify into a super typhoon with a speed of 180 to 200 km per hour within the next two days.
HAIKOU, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- South China's Hainan Province has activated an emergency response for approaching Typhoon Doksuri, which is set to skirt pass the province or land on coastal areas between Thursday night and Friday Morning.
Shipping services on the Qiongzhou Strait connecting China's Hainan and Guangdong provinces were suspended Thursday morning. High-speed trains in Hainan will be suspended starting Thursday noon.
As of 8 p.m. Wednesday, more than 65,000 people at sea moved on shore, with over 24,000 fishing boats moored.
BEIJING, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- The meteorological authority Monday warned that flash flooding is likely to follow torrential rain in the northwest and southwest of the country.
Parts of Yunnan Province and Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region are likely see flash floods from Monday night to Tuesday night, the China Meteorological Administration said.
Local authorities were told to prepare for mud flows and landslides.
Since June, floods and droughts have hit both north and south China, with some regions severely affected.
GUANGZHOU, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- Nearly 70,000 people have been evacuated after Mawar, the 16th typhoon this year, made landfall in Guangdong Province on Sunday night.
At least four cities, Zhuhai, Zhongshan, Dongguan and Shenzhen, activated red alerts for heavy rainfall, the highest warning level, on Monday.
Zhuhai flood control headquarters ordered all schools to be closed as heavy rain continues to batter the city.
Typhoon Mawar made landfall in the city of Lufeng in Guangdong on Sunday night, bringing heavy downpours to the area.