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Text of report by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency)
[Unattributed report: "Wen Jiabao Hosts State Council Executive Meeting to Study Plans on Further Harnessing the Huaihe River"]
Beijing, 28 Jan (Xinhua) - On 26 January, Premier of the State Council, Wen Jiabao, hosted a State Council executive meeting to study ways to further harness the Huaihe River.
It was pointed out at the meeting that disasters along the Huaihe - including floods, torrents, and drought - have been occurring frequently, and harnessing the Huaihe is a long-running task. Years of efforts to harness the river have led to great progress, with 19 backbone projects having been completed and the anti-flood ability having been improved notably. In addition, flood control and disaster alleviation work has led to notable results. However, due to special geographical and climatic conditions and the complex features of the water system of the river, the task of preventing …