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Weather-hazard map produced

THE Shanghai Meteorological Bureau has created a weather-hazard map of the city, the first of its kind in China.

The map was produced from local meteorological records of the past 30 years, according to the Shanghai Evening Post.

Mu Haizhen, a Shanghai Meteorological Bureau engineer, said the map highlighted areas prone to severe weather events - such as typhoons, fog, lightning and gales - and their frequency, the newspaper said.

For example, Chongming County, the Nanhui part of the Pudong New Area and most costal areas suffer the most from typhoons while torrential rain is likely to affect Qingpu and Songjiang districts.

Mu said the effects of an extreme weather event was dependent on the area's ability to deal with it, so the map could also be regarded as an indication of the city's disaster resistance ability.

Meanwhile, another map showing areas prone to flooding has been prepared and given to the city's urban planning authorities, the newspaper said.

Shanghai's flood season is usually from June to September, when disastrous weather events such as typhoons, heavy rains and even hail are likely.


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