Aerial photo taken on Aug 14, 2019 shows the Qiankun Bay of the Yellow River on the border between Yanchuan county, Northwest China's Shaanxi province, and Yonghe county, North China's Shanxi province. [Photo/Xinhua]
>Outline issued to protect Yellow River Basin
The Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council have jointly issued an outline document on the ecological protection and high-quality development of the Yellow River basin.
The document will guide the country's ecological conservation and high-quality development of the Yellow River basin, and serve as an important basis for formulating and implementing relevant planning schemes, policies and measures, as well as engineering projects.
By 2030, the document predicts China will have improved the basin's environment and its water conservation capabilities, and it will have completed a modern flood control and disaster reduction system.
Regarding water conservation, the document requires cities to plan industries and other development based on their water resource capacities.
The document said provincial regions should cooperate to manage and protect the river's upper, middle and lower reaches, its mainstream tributaries and its banks. Related projects include embankment construction, flood plain management and environmental restoration.
Rescue teams repair a southern section of the Datong-Yuncheng Railway, the foundation of which was washed away by floodwaters, in Qixian county, Shanxi province, on Thursday. [Photo by Li Zhaomin/for China Daily]
>China allocates 80M yuan to flood-hit provinces
China's Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Emergency Management on Monday earmarked 80 million yuan from the central natural-disaster relief fund to support relief work in the flood-hit provinces of Shanxi and Shaanxi.
The China National Commission for Disaster Reduction and MEM have activated a Level-IV emergency response to floods in the two provinces.
Fifteen people died and three remain missing due to torrential rains affecting a population of 1.75 million in North China's Shanxi province, the provincial government said at a news conference on Tuesday.
The damage in Shaanxi was mostly confined to Weinan, a city of 5 million people on the Shanxi border.
Customers line up for ice cream at a shopping mall in Tianjin. [Photo by Hu Lingyun/For China Daily]
>People finding more leisure time across China
Chinese people have spent more time on leisure activities this year compared with the period before the novel coronavirus hit, according to a recent report by the China Tourism Academy.
The academy said urban residents' leisure time is closely related to their work. They have spent more time on leisure activities on weekends this year, about 4.4 hours a day compared with an average of 3.82 hours a day on work days.
It said urban residents' leisure time has increased both on weekends and during holidays this year when compared with 2019.
The time people in rural areas spend enjoying leisure activities has risen nearly 39% compared with 2019, increasing to 4.36 hours a day from 3.14 hours before the COVID-19 pandemic struck.
Shopping at physical stores remains the most popular leisure activity for both urban residents and people in the countryside, followed by activities like facial treatments, hairdressing and manicures.
>Wasted COVID vaccine doses in Louisiana
Louisiana's problem of wasted COVID-19 vaccine shots continues to worsen, with about 224,000 doses thrown out across the state as health providers can't find enough residents willing to roll up their sleeves.
The latest data provided by the Louisiana Department of Health showed 223,918 doses of Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines have been thrown out.
Most of Louisiana's wasted vaccine doses happened because vials containing the shots were opened, but several hospitals, clinics, pharmacies and other providers couldn't find someone to take the doses, health department spokesperson Kevin Litten said.
Louisiana has one of the nation's lowest COVID-19 vaccination rates, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Only about 46% of the population is fully vaccinated.
The throwing away of doses in the US comes as millions of people around the globe still wait for the opportunity to get inoculated against COVID-19.
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