Critics generally contend that claimed successes occur in conditions which were going to lead to rain anyway. It is used in a variety of drought-prone countries, including the United States, the People's Republic of China, India, and the Russian Federation. In the People's Republic of China there is a perceived dependency upon it in dry regions, and there is a strong suspicion it is used to "wash the air" in dry and heavily polluted places, such as Beijing. In mountainous areas of the United States such as the Rocky Mountains and Sierra Nevada, cloud seeding has been employed since the 1950s
First floods in 2016 have hit parts of Europe, leaving at least 15 people dead and more still missing.Germany, France and Austria have been worst affected, with torrents of water flooding homes and businesses, damaging transport infrastructure and leaving thousands without power.
China currently uses the technology of weather modification
China has allocated 199 million yuan (29.76 million dollars) to create technology that wants to control the weather, new technology is part of of drought and natural disaster reduction.
Meteo France, the country’s national weather service, has issued its highest level red warning for flooding in the north of the country.
Heavy, thundery downpours of rain at not unusual across Europe during late spring and summer, so what has made this rainfall and subsequent flooding so intense?
More than 10,000 people are in shelters and more than 20,000 people have been rescued across south Louisiana amid widespread flooding, Governor John Bel Edwards has said.
Baton Rouge river center, a major events location, would be opened on Sunday to help care for the large numbers of evacuees, he said, as the federal government declared a major disaster in four parishes.
Edwards said Barack Obama called him and said “the people of south Louisiana are in his thoughts and prayers and the federal government will be a solid partner”.
Edwards emphasized Sunday that the rain-caused flooding was “not over”.
He said the fatalities have not risen from the three dead reported on Saturday. One person is unaccounted for in St Helena Parish. Edwards added that the storm has “subsided in its intensity” but encouraged people to not go out and “sightsee” even as the weather improves.
The governor says water is continuing to rise in some areas even though the sunshine is out.
Emergency crews plucked motorists from cars stranded by high water along a seven-mile stretch of highway in southern Louisiana and pulled others from inundated homes and waist-deep waters.
Edwards declared a state of emergency over the weekend, calling the floods unprecedented and “historic”. He and his family were forced to leave the governor’s mansion when chest-high water filled the basement and electricity was turned off.
“That’s never happened before,” said the governor, whose family relocated to a state police facility in the Baton Rouge area.
The governor toured flood-ravaged areas by helicopter on Saturday after rivers and creeks burst their banks. One of the worries, he said, is that as the rain lessens in the next several hours, people will become complacent and feel too at ease in areas where waters may still be rising for several days, getting in cars in areas that could still be dangerous.
“I’m still asking people to be patient. Don’t get out and sightsee,” Edwards said. “Even when the weather is better, it’s not safe.”
In one rescue on Saturday, two men on a boat pulled a woman from a car that was almost completely underwater. The woman, who was not initially visible in a video of the rescue, yelled from inside the car: “Oh my God, I’m drowning.”
One of the rescuers, David Phung, jumped into the brown water and pulled the woman to safety. She pleaded with Phung to get her dog, but he could not find it. After several seconds, Phung took a deep breath, went underwater and resurfaced – with the small dog. Both the woman and the dog appeared OK.
Elsewhere, rescues continued late on Saturday, including missions by crews in high-water vehicles who pulled motorists from one swamped stretch of Interstate 12 between Baton Rouge and nearby Tangipahoa Parish. Major Doug Cain, spokesman of the Louisiana state police, said about 125 vehicles became stranded on the seven-mile stretch.
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