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City’s schools to close when storms arrive

THE city’s kindergartens, elementary and middle schools will be forced to close in the event of a top-level storm alert during the upcoming rainy season, local authorities said yesterday.

Shanghai has a four-tier, color-coded weather warning system, with red representing the most severe, followed by orange, yellow and blue.

If there is a red alert for a typhoon or rainstorm, parks will also be closed, while all outdoor construction work will be suspended, according to a draft amendment to the city’s flood-prevention regulation that was reviewed yesterday by local lawmakers.

“In the past, insufficient measures were taken in extreme weather conditions,” said Chen Zhaofeng, deputy director of the urban construction and environmental protection committee of the Shanghai People’s Congress.

But under the new rules, all relevant companies and individuals must take proper measures to ensure people’s safety.

According to the city’s flood-control authority, this year’s rainy season is set to be more intense than in previous years, despite the fact that on October 8 last year, the city was hit by the most powerful rainstorm in half a century.

“There is a high risk of Shanghai encountering disastrous weather conditions such as typhoons and rainstorms during this year’s flood season,” said Gu Jinshan, director of the Shanghai Water Authority.

Typhoons and heavy rain will pose a serious challenge to the city’s flood-prevention efforts, he said.

In a bid to ensure public safety, authorities have this year spent 30 million yuan (US$4.8 million) to repair levees in Jinshan, Qingpu, Songjiang, Fengxian and Jiading districts.


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