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Long recovery after "unusual" tornado outbreak strikes US states******
Debris are piled after a tornado tore through rural Kentucky.
Rescue and recovery efforts are underway after dozens of tornadoes swept through parts of the US Midwest and South late Friday and early Saturday, causing severe casualties and damage.
"There is no lens big enough to show you the extent of the damage" in Kentucky, Governor Andy Beshear told reporters on Sunday, as several other states have also reported storm-related damage and deaths.
The tornado outbreak of that magnitude was unusual during this time of the year and the road to recover could be long in some affected regions, experts and officials have said.
Houses, structures, and Vehicles are seen with damage after a tornado tore through rural Kentucky.
Eighteen counties in Kentucky have reported damage from an extremely devastating tornado, which carved out a long path of about 227 miles (roughly 365 kilometers) of terrain – almost all of that in the "Bluegrass State," said Beshear.
The National Weather Service on Sunday classified the tornado as an EF-3 and estimated its maximum width to be about three-quarters of a mile (roughly 1.2 kilometers) wide.
Beshear, after previously estimating that the state's death toll could exceed 100, said on Sunday afternoon that it might be as low as 50. "We are praying that maybe original estimates of those we have lost were wrong," he reportedly said. "If so, it's going to be pretty wonderful."
The comments came after a spokesperson for a candle factory in the western Kentucky town of Mayfield, which had been flattened by the violent twister, said that eight of the 110 workers on the overnight shift Friday had been confirmed dead and another eight are still missing, while 94 others have been accounted for.
The tornado also uprooted trees, downed power lines, and damaged or destroyed houses and vehicles in Mayfield, where thousands of people have been left homeless.
Bulldozers began removing debris in some neighborhoods on Sunday. Residents of Wickliffe, a county neighboring Mayfield which narrowly escaped storm's impact, told Xinhua that they had been encouraged to help shelter the displaced.
Rescue efforts are being conducted by local response teams, Kentucky emergency officials said. The state has also deployed the National Guard to conduct searches and take generators to help power shelters and hospitals.
"We want to focus today and the next day on life-saving. We really want to make sure that we find anybody who still might be trapped in the rubble," Deanne Criswell, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), said on Sunday.
Tornadoes also ripped through Illinois, Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri and Mississippi, and brought about deadly and tragic destruction in several of the states.
At least six people died in Illinois, where a distribution center owned by e-commerce giant Amazon in Edwardsville was struck and collapsed.
"The news from Edwardsville is tragic," Amazon founder Jeff Bezos tweeted on Saturday. "We're heartbroken over the loss of our teammates there, and our thoughts and prayers are with their families and loved ones."
Besides, four deaths were confirmed in Tennessee; two people were killed in Arkansas; and one death was reported in Missouri.
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee on Saturday surveyed storm damage in the western part of the state, including Dresden, where multiple downtown buildings were torn apart. "This is about the saddest thing I've ever seen," Lee told reporters. "The whole town, the whole town."
US President Joe Biden said on Saturday that he's "monitoring the situation very closely since early this morning" and called the disaster likely "one of the largest tornado outbreaks in our history."
The White House said on Sunday that Biden had declared that a major disaster exists in Kentucky and ordered federal aid to supplement the state and local recovery efforts "in the areas affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding, and tornadoes."
"It's going to be a long recovery," said Criswell, adding that the FEMA is working with communities in making efforts to "help reduce the impacts that we're seeing from these severe weather events."
Tornadoes can form at any time of year, but most occur in the spring and summer months, according to meteorologists.
Defined as vertical funnels of rapidly spinning air, these violent twisters are born in thunderstorms and are often accompanied by hail. Their winds may top 250 miles (roughly 402 km) an hour and can clear a pathway a mile wide and 50 miles (roughly 80 km) long.
Tornadoes occur around the world, but the United States is a major hotspot with about a thousand tornadoes every year.
Victor Gensini, an extreme weather researcher at Northern Illinois University, pointed out, however, that the powerful tornadoes churning through the US states were unusual coming in December, when colder weather normally limits the storms.
Criswell said something similar on Sunday.
"We do see tornadoes in December, that part is not unusual, but at this magnitude I don't think we've ever seen one this late in the year," the FEMA chief said. "But it's also historic. Even this, the severity and the amount of time this tornado, or these tornadoes, spent on the ground is unprecedented."
She also warned such extreme weather events could be a "new normal," pointing to the effects of climate change.
Biden said "the intensity of the weather across the board has some impact as a consequence of the warming of the planet and the climate change."
"The specific impact on these specific storms, I can't say at this point," the president added. "But the fact is that we all know everything is more intense when the climate is warming – everything. And, obviously, it has some impact here, but I can't give you a quantitative read on that."
Why bearish takes on China's economy always proven wrong?****** People visit the Yuyuan Garden during the week-long National Day holiday in Shanghai, east China, Oct. 2, 2021. (Xinhua/Wang Xiang)
BEIJING, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) -- For some of the biggest names on Wall Street, China's economic prospects "look rosier than ever," and China is "too big to ignore," The New York Times reported recently.
Indeed, to fully understand and correctly predict China's economy has always been a topic the world pays great attention to.
Over the course of China's economic take-off in recent decades, noises forecasting a collapse of China have hardly been absent. However, the Chinese economy continues to grow and improve, and its development achievements have been indisputably remarkable. Those who often spoke ill of the Chinese market were frequently slapped by reality.
Facts speak louder than words. China has its own way of developing its economy and has amassed valuable experience over the years. If Western economic and political communities still attempt to read the Chinese economy without thinking outside the old box, or give up their prejudices, China's economy will continue to be a myth for them.
To grow its economy effectively, China has been able to keep consistency and adapt to changes.
While the world is undergoing transformations rarely seen in a century and wrestling with the COVID-19 pandemic at the same time, China has not only maintained its macro-economic policies steady, but also geared up to build a new development pattern and promote high-quality development.
As a result, China was the world's only major economy that registered a positive growth last year, and its economy expanded at 12.7 percent in the first half of this year. Those achievements have demonstrated the strong resilience of the Chinese economy and injected both confidence and impetus into the global economic recovery.
Moreover, China has been willing to use policy tools to push forward reforms, stimulate innovation and energize new development momentum.
China has continuously improved its scientific and technological innovation capability, optimized government services and stabilized the industrial supply chains so that the real economy can be better served.
"China focuses on doing its own work. This is not only a right choice, but also the source of strength for China to continue to resist pressure," an opinion-piece published by the Singapore-based Lianhe Zaobao commented earlier this year.
In this highly inter-connected world, China believes playing the "zero-sum game" is not in the fundamental interests of the global community. Beijing has all along been firmly dedicated to opening-up and cooperation, and has always been trying to promote its own development by boosting the world's common development.
Despite that the economic globalization has been under fire, China, with even stronger commitment to opening-up, has continued to join others around the world to build an open global economy.
It has implemented the Foreign Investment Law, further opened up its financial sector in an orderly fashion, and set up platforms like the China International Import Expo and the China International Fair for Trade in Services to share with the wider world its development opportunities.
More importantly, the Belt and Road Initiative has been increasingly viewed around the world as a path to prosperity, innovation, health and green development.
Across the world today, there are more and more people who have begun to deeply recognize that China's vigorous economic development is of positive significance to the global economy, and it is unpopular to play up the "decoupling" and "China threat" theories.
And as long as those in the West who are still obsessed with a bearish take on the future of the Chinese economy base on their old thinking and deep-seated ideological prejudice, they will be proved wrong over and over again. Enditem
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