Officials agree disaster control agreement

Wu Ruofan
Director of the Shanghai Emergency Management Office stresses importance of joint efforts within the region in face of natural disasters and accidents.
Wu Ruofan

An efficient emergency system will be built in the Yangtze River Delta region to enhance the ability in coping with disasters, officials said at a press conference on Monday.

Ahead of Tuesday’s International Day of Disaster Reduction, Ma Jianhong, director of the Shanghai Emergency Management Office, stressed the importance of joint efforts within the region in face of natural disasters and accidents.

“The integrated development of the Yangtze River Delta region cannot be realized without a cooperative, high-quality emergency control system, which requires us to explore the mechanism and measures with innovation,” said Ma.

Last year, the emergency management offices of Shanghai and provinces of Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Anhui established an agreement on the coordinated development of disaster control. Special teams were launched in May this year to carry out specific plans and key measures.

Projects have been implemented this year that include the building of a detection and control base of hazardous chemicals in Shanghai and Jiangsu, as well as an emergency air rescue system in Zhejiang and Anhui.

Systems in terms of monitoring, communications and rescue command will be further developed for emergencies including floods, forest fires, traffic and mining accidents.

Shanghai’s Qingpu District, Wujiang District in Jiangsu and the city of Jiaxing in Zhejiang conducted a safety drill last month to prepare for November’s third China International Import Expo.

Ma said the first Yangtze River Delta International Emergency Disaster Reduction and Rescue Expo will be held in Shanghai from May 7 to 9 next year.

The expo, organized by emergency management offices within the region, aims to improve the management system, material supplies and raise public awareness.

It will focus on safeguarding social and economic development through disaster prevention and reduction, combining online and offline exhibitions of safety facilities, industrial services and interactive activities.

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