Monday, February 04, 2008

Extreme Weather in China?

I don't even know what I was looking for when I found this.

SCO Secretary-General issues statement on natural disasters in China
The Secretariat of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation is expressing sympathy to the families of those who have suffered from the unprecedented extreme weather conditions in southern and north-western regions of the People’s Republic of China.
The major natural disaster disrupted the normal operation of factories, damaged transport networks, power lines and other life supporting facilities, severely compounded the movement of a large number of passengers by rail, road and air in the run-up to the Chinese New Year celebrations.
The urgent measures introduced by the leadership, ministries and departments of the PRC to provide emergency response, including the launch of a mechanism of eliminating consequences of natural disasters, ensuring the security of population in affected regions and restoring normal passenger traffic, are yielding positive results.
Against the backdrop of the continuing natural anomaly the vigorous efforts of the Chinese government to repair damaged parts of the transport, energy and industrial infrastructure and to bring the economy back to normal are deserving the recognition and moral support of all friendly states.
The relevant articles of the Treaty on Long-term Good-neighbourliness, Friendship and Cooperation among the SCO Member States signed in 2007 envisage provision of mutual assistance in eliminating consequences of natural disasters and technical emergencies.
As neighbours and friends, the SCO states are standing with the people of the People’s Republic of China at the time of the major natural disaster.

Bolat Nurgaliev
02 February 2008