Children play in a fountain in Shanghai, China, as temperatures soar during a heatwave (REUTERS/Carlos Barria)
SHANGHAI, China – Patuloy na tumataas ang bilang ng mga biktima ng heat stroke sa bansang China dahil sa sobrang init ng panahon na namamayani sa bansa.
Dahil dito, nagbabala sa publiko ang mga dalubhasa sa Shanghai na mag-ingat tuwing lumalabas ng kanilang bahay.
Sa tala ng Health Ministry ng China, tinatayang nasa 11 na ang nasawi sa Shanghai dahil sa heat stroke at karamihan sa mga ito ay matatanda.
Ayon sa local meteorological department doon, naitala ang pinakamainit na temperatura noong buwan ng Hulyo na umabot sa 40°C. Pinakamainit umano ito sa nakalipas na sampung taon.
“Ngayon umaabot ng 40, 37 degrees, ang pinakamapanganib ngayon ay ang tinatawag nating heat stroke or tinatawag na heat injuries o overheat ng kaatwan,” pahayag ni Dr. Michael Ong, Suntec, Shanghai, China.
Dahil sa mainit na panahon, dagsa ngayon ang maraming tao sa beaches at swimming pools.
Payo naman ng ilang eksperto, iwasan muna ang outdoor activities upang hindi ma-heat stroke at kung hindi maiiwasan ay huwag kalimutang magdala ng inuming tubig.
“The best way to prevent is to avoid extreme weather, kapag lumagpas na sa body temperature (36-37 degrees) mas maganda i-cancel nalang ninyo ang mga outdoor activities ninyo. Kung kailangan talaga ay magdala kayo ng water or sports drink para hindi kayo matuyo,” ani Dr. Ong. (Dulce Alarcon / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)
The United Kingdom, the United States, Australia and Canada scolded China on Thursday (May 28) for imposing a new security law that they said would threaten freedom and breach a 1984 Sino-British agreement on the autonomy of the former colony.
British foreign minister Dominic Raab said the four countries were “deeply troubled” by the decision of China’s People’s Congress, which democracy activists in Hong Kong fear could erode its freedoms and jeopardise its role as a global financial hub.
China says the legislation will aim to tackle secession, subversion, terrorism and foreign interference in the city but the plan, unveiled in Beijing last week, triggered the first big protests in Hong Kong for months.
Raab said Britain will give greater visa rights to British national overseas (BNO) passport holders from Hong Kong unless China suspends the proposed security laws. (Reuters)
China’s National People’s Congress’ third session closed on Thursday (May 28) after parliament members voted on a proposal to implement Hong Kong’s national security legislation.
“The session made a decision to establish a legal system and enforcement mechanism for the national security of Hong Kong’s Special Administrative Region,” chairman of the standing committee of the NPC, Li Zhanshu, told delegates at the closing ceremony.
“It will uphold and improve the ‘one country, two systems’ policy. It is in line with the Constitution and Hong Kong’s Basic Law and is in the interest of all Chinese people including Hong Kong people,” he added.
The legislation received 2,878 votes while one voted against and six abstained. The draft national security law has received international criticism with the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declaring that Hong Kong is ‘no longer autonomous.’
Hong Kong, which has freedoms not granted in the mainland such as freedom of assembly and freedom of the press, has experienced months-long anti-government protests which sparked from a now-withdrawn extradition bill. (Reuters)
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday (May 26) that Beijing’s proposed national security laws would not trample on the city’s rights and freedoms and called on its citizens to wait to see the details of the legislation.
Beijing unveiled plans last week for national security legislation for Hong Kong that aims to tackle secession, subversion and terrorist activities. It could see Chinese intelligence agencies set up bases in the city.
Thousands poured onto the street of Hong Kong on Sunday (May 24) in a mass protest against the planned new security laws.
Police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse the crowd and arrested almost 200 people.
More protests are expected in Hong Kong on Wednesday (May 27). (Reuters)
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