CPPCC advisor hopes for unified early warning signals

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from Government of the People's Republic of China
Published on 13 Mar 2013 View Original

Source:China Meteorological News Press

Yang Xiaohua, member of National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) from Hong Kong hopes to see unified early warning signals of natural disasters among mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan.

Yang has worked in Beijing in 1980s and traveled a lot between mainland, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. In face of extreme weather, he always felt troublesome because of different warning signals of same weather in these regions.

In his view, some signals of early warning are not directly perceived through the senses and some are not easy to distinguish, such as the red and orange warning signals. Currently early warning signals fall into four levels: blue, yellow, orange and red, which can’t reflect the complexity of some weather such as typhoon, which is highly concerned by citizens in coastal areas. Moreover the signals in some provinces and Hong Kong are different. For the effect of warning signals, the government should define the response as soon as the warning released. For example, when red rainstorm warning issued, schools and kindergarten should be closed.

So as a member of CPPCC attending the on-going annual session in Beijing, he advises to unify warning signals and make tailored signals of some complex weather. Concrete actions should be defined in case of warning signals released. (Mar. 13)

Editor Zhang Yong