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
Central bank vice-governor voices confidence amid currency volatility
The monetary authority vowed to stabilize the renminbi amid escala
ted trade tensions, while continuing to push forward financial opening-up and pr
otecting overseas investors’ legal rights, said a senior official from the central bank on Sunday.
“We have the foundation, confidence and capacity to maintain a stable foreign exchange ma
rket in China, and keep the renminbi exchange rate at a reasonably stable equilibrium,” said Pan Gongsheng, vi
ce-governor of the People’s Bank of China, the central bank, said in a statement on its website.
Before his pledge, the onshore renminbi rate depreciated to 6.9182 per do
llar at Friday’s close, the weakest level since December, and the offshore renminbi rate h
with five suburban districts of Tongzhou, Yanqing, Changping, Huairou and Shunyi upgrading it to yello
w alert later. These areas were hit with strong winds as high as 8-9 grades, with gales reaching 10 grade
at some places. According to forecast, the wind could still be as high as 7-8 grades on Monday.
The gale toppled a wall near Dongzhimen Bridge in downtown Beijing, hitting three pedestrians,
two males and one female. Two of them died at the scene and one at hospital, Dongcheng District said via Sina Weibo.
Food delivery service Meituan said one of its deliverymen was hit and killed by a fallen tree when delivering food.
The speed of wind reached 10-15 meters per second at the Capital International Airport starting from 10 a
m Sunday, with gales as fast as 20-25 meters per second, the airport said. Due to the strong wind, th
e operational ability of the airport dropped and remained low until 7 pm Sunday.