China: Flood Risk To New "Silk Road"

Threat To Belt And Road Economic Initiative

10 Apr 2021 by Local Press Report

Summer rains in western China have nearly doubled in the past 50 years because of climate change, posing an unexpected threat to Belt and Road Initiative projects in Xinjiang and central Asia, according to a new study.

The risks of flooding in one of the driest regions on Earth meant quality standards and design of infrastructure should be “updated to include a thought for water, lots of water”, warned the lead scientist of a study published on Monday by Chinese journal Scientia Sinica Terrae. The research team called for more weather monitoring stations to improve the accuracy of forecasts in the remote region. Source: South China Morning Post