Beijing Xinhua, China — Chinese vice premier Hui Liangyu on Monday called for more vigilance to guard against forest fires in the nation’s drought-hit southern regions.
Some regions in the south of the country are suffering from severe drought, which puts the forests there at high fire risks.
Hui told a televised meeting that local authorities in the southern regions should monitor forests 24 hours a day and immediately report when forest fires occur.
He also ordered putting in place firefighters and fire-fighting facilities near the forests that are in high danger of fires.
The vice premier underscored intricate planning and scientific leadership to prevent loss of life in forest fires and vowed to severely punish officials who cause huge loss of lives because of dereliction of duty.