higher than in previous years,” she said. “Also, the rainy season is supposed to
begin after the May Day holiday, but I haven’t seen a drop of rain so far.”
Data from the National Climate Center shows that the average rainfall from April 1 to May 17 is 35.3 millim
eters, down almost two-thirds from the same period last year, the least recorded rainfall over that period since 1961.
In addition to the drought, the average temperature is 1.9 C higher than average for the period, the highest since 1961.
Chen, the chief forecaster, said that according to the mid- to long-term forecast ra
infall will relieve drought in the eastern part of Yunnan province, though its western part will still be plagued by the drought.
Surveillance from the National Climate Center shows that
drought is also occurring in the Inner Mongolia and Guangxi Zhuang autonomous regions, as well
China officially launched the “no-waste city” pilot program in 16 area
s on Monday as it steps up efforts to recycle its increasing waste stockpile.
The pilot program covers the entirety of 11 cities, including Shenzhen, Guangdong pr
ovince, and Weihai, Shandong province, and sections of the other five cities.
The central government has made arrangements to offer support to
the pilot areas in policy, technology and funding, said Zhuang Guotai, vice-mi
nister of ecology and environment, at the launch ceremony in Shenzhen on Monday.
He said an expert committee has been established to guide the pilot program and
evaluate progress, and seven groups have been put in place to offer technical support.
China’s first cinema that shows films in the Burmese language opened in Ruili, Southwest China’s Y
unnan province, on Saturday, as the city celebrated one of its most important festivals, the Water Splashing Festival.
Named Bao Bo Hall in Chinese – transliterated from the word “brotherhood” in Burmese, the dedicated screening roo
m is in a 1,500-square-meter new cinema built with an investment of 12 million yuan ($1.78 million).
Films to be shown in the hall will be dubbed and subtitled in Burmese.
A major border crossing between China and Myanmar, Ruili is now home to ap
proximately 60,000 Burmese people, accounting for about one-third of its population.
In benefitting from the Belt and Road Initiative, as well as the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor, the small city has seen a
n increasingly close and active interaction between the two nations, both economically and culturally.