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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.
China will offer customized data services for disaster prevention throug
h its Fengyun meteorological satellites for more countries along the Belt and Road, said a
senior official of the China Meteorological Administration’s National Satellite Meteorological Center.
The services will be provided based on the results of a survey of 81 countries. By the end
of April, 22 countries, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Russia, Libya and Sudan, had responded to the survey.
All of the respondents said they wanted to install the application software platforms
of the Fengyun satellites for weather forecasting, as well as climate and environment monitoring.
They also requested a range of services, especially in monitoring rainf
all, droughts, dust storms, heavy fog and lightning, in addition to training courses on F
engyun meteorological satellite data analysis, remote-sensing applications and data collection.
The app and database will help us gather more precise and well-rounded data on the population, distri
bution, ages, gender ratio, birth and deaths of wild pandas, who live in deep mountains and are hard to tr
ack,” said Chen Peng, a researcher with the base who co-authored a paper on “Giant Panda Face Recognition Using Small Database.”
“It will definitely help us improve efficiency and effectiveness in conservation and management of the animals,” Chen said.
China has carried out four scientific field research project of giant pandas in the wild.
The giant panda was scientifically discovered 150 years ago and n
amed in the city of Ya’an, Sichuan. It remains one of the world’s most endangered species.
The number of captive pandas was 548 globally as of November last y
ear. Fewer than 2,000 pandas live in the wild, mostly in the provinces of Sichuan and Shaanxi.