'High winds, heavy rains' witness China's great spirit

16:24, December 08, 2010      

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A national conference to honor model institutions and individuals for their outstanding conduct after the massive mudslides in northwestern China's Zhouqu county was held Tuesday, and the People's Daily, the leading and most important national newspaper, front-paged an editorial titled "High winds, heavy rains witness great spirit"' to mark the event on Wednesday, and its detailed excerpts run as follows:

For a great nation, disaster is a challenge, which also puts to test its national capacity; for a staunch, indomitable nation, disaster also means not only a risk but also an opportunity for the betterment of its national spirit.

Since early this year, in face of rare historical floods, massive fresh floods, prolonged dry spells, frequently occurred typhoons, especially the massive mudslides in Zhouqu county, Gansu province, China's worst mudslide in decades, the whole party, the whole army and the people of all ethnicities across China worked in unity and fought courageously to win a major victory for disaster relief, disaster prevention and reduction, and wrote down a brilliant new, glorious chapter in history.

A national conference honoring model institutions and individuals for their eminent conduct after the massive mudslides in Zhouqu county was held in Lanzhou, capital of northwest China's Gansu province, in recognition of National Flood Control and Drought Advanced collective and individuals. This will surely encourage people of the disaster areas for their self-improvement, reconstruction, and inspire and spur on the people of all ethnicities nationwide to score more fresh victories.

Flood control and drought relief poses a severe test and also a major tough examination, which tempers the tenacity and unyielding will of the Chinese people, their firm belief of working with perseverance for victory, witnesses their noble character of the Chinese nation to work with one heart and one mind, and also highlights the Communist Party's respect for science and the people-oriented and life-coming-first concept in governance.

"High winds and heavy rains" witnesses the people-centered national spirit. From "we must give top priority to safeguarding the safety of people in disaster areas' to do everything possible to make proper arrangements for the life of the affected people, from the "flag flying half mast" for fellow victims of natural disasters to the rapidly advancing post-disaster restoration and reconstruction, the "people" are always a top priority in flood control and drought relief.

Moreover, "high winds and heavy rains" witnesses the spirit of respect for science of the times. From the effort to improve the emergency system to do rescue in "the prime time" as quickly as possible, and proceed to form a joint force response, science and technology and management in a scientific approach has all along play a vital, important role in flood and control and drought relief work.

"High winds and heavy rains" also witness the spirit of national unity. In face of severe floods and enduring droughts, the cadres and people, People's Liberation Army soldier and civilians, and people both in front and at rear all gather together to form an invincible force; the cause of reform, opening-up and modernization will continue to thrive, and China will become increasingly more powerful and prosperous by ways of promoting and carrying forward this spirit and working together in an united endeavor.

Flood control and anti-drought work was hugely important to the steady development and social stability in China, as the nation is one of the world's most disaster-prone countries. People in China would also face risks and challenges on their journey ahead, but they are fully convinced that a majestic power is surely to gather together on their long, protracted modernization drive and would release the ever lasting and more powerful strength.

Floods caused by torrential rains and tropical cyclones have left at least 3,222 people dead and 1,003 others missing across China in the first eleven month of 2010, government statistic released Tuesday show.

"In 2010, China experienced the worst flooding casualties and damage since 1998, Minister of Water Resources Chen Lei was reportedly said during a national drought and flooding relief workshop held in the northwestern China city of Lanzhou.

By People's Daily Online


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