Chinese Vice Premier Hui Liangyu Thursday urged more efforts be made on flood control efforts, as the country had reached a "crucial and urgent period" for such tasks.
Hui made his remarks during a videophone conference, noting that China was "facing a severe situation at present and in a certain period in the future".
Hui warned of risks of flooding and landslides as water levels in many rivers in south China had risen above the danger level following the recent torrential rains.
Hui also asked local authorities to put public safety as a top priority and try to keep property damage to a minimum.
Local authorities should strengthen monitoring, forecasting and warnings of typhoons, floods and rainstorms, Hui said, adding more efforts were needed to prevent the further rupturing of dikes and reservoirs.【1】 【2】