ASIAdocument.write(“” + m[today.getMonth()+1]+ ” “+ today.getDate()+”, ” + theYear + ” “);HOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperChina Daily Global PDFChina Daily Global E-paperOpinion / Opinion LineEditorialsOp-EdColumnistsContributorsCartoonsSpecialsFrom the PressForum TrendsTalk from streetDebateEditors Pick:Syrian refugeescyberspaceV-Day paradeshrimp scandalTPPLocal govts have to learn lessons from floods(China Daily) Updated:2016-07-28 07:26Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallA man pushes a wooden basin in which his granddaugter sits through a flooded road at Lianhua village, Duchang county, East Chinas Jiangxi province, on June 27.[Photo/Xinhua]Doubtelessly, facing the flooding across vast swathes of the country, local governments and residents have devoted themselves to flood relief efforts. Yet there are problems and chaotic situations that should arouse our concern, comments on Wednesday.If local governments did better in warning of the floods in some rural areas, more lives could have been saved.
The devastating damage caused by floods have exposed that many local governments were not prepared for a natural disaster.
Worse, with the fast and accelerating pace of urbanization, many villages are almost empty of young adults, who have long left to work in cities. As a result, some villages had insufficient hands to fight the floods.
The chaotic situations and problems exposed over the past weeks should teach these governments to be better prepared.
More importantly, local governments need to communicate more with ordinary residents so that when a flood does happen they can work with each other to mitigate its effects.
Forecasts predict there will be more heavy rainfall this summer and the danger of floods still exists. These lessons need to be learned quickly to prevent further loss of life.0Related StoriesHigh time to reduce costs of floodsFour officials suspended after fatal floodsEmergency response to Shanxi floodsHeavy rain, floods across ChinaRain keeps the floods comingChina on high alert as floods kill 237Coming-of-Age Day on the frontline of fighting floodsFloods expose poor river managementPhotos: Revisiting the devastating floods of 1998Most Viewed Todays Top NewsNo blanket Olympic ban for Russia is the right responseHigh time to reduce costs of floodsRubble, rubble double troubleThe real Tibet as seen by impartial visitorsUnfair trial of flood couple by public opinionForum TrendsIs facekini a weird fashion?Top five must-visit destinations for foreignersCan Shanghai method help British kids learn math?Is it necessary to raise the bar for foreign English teachers?Is it time for China to upgrade its drainage systems?Should first aid be taught in schools?Should campus loans be curbed?ColumnistsDuterte can create conditions conducive to resolving disputesIn cultural reversal, European royals turn to ChineseFeatured ContributorsWhat Chinas GDP numbers dont tell usUS blackmail will only bankrupt itStar BloggersWhere we went and what we didNow that Ive gotten nearly all of the horror out of my system about Dallas and Nice, I shall resume my trip with Gary and Mask where I left off: the giant crater. It was the most exciting part of the trip. Well, as far as sights we saw go, anyway.Shanxi harmony taste By François de la ChevalerieFor many foreigners residing in China, a question arises constantly: what are the timeless sources of inspiration and guidance of China? Behind this question looms a second one, how this country works?Brexit: The failure of the European elite By ChevalerieFirst, I shall beware of giving a definitive comment on the British vote. The democratic system ensures that each one is able to participate to vote at its sole discretion. What had to happen finally happened, ineluctable destiny, thats all!SpecialTips for traveling in ChinaSouth China Sea issueShanxi trip…| About China Daily | Advertise on Site | Contact Us | Job Offer | Expat Employment |Copyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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