China ready with rockets to ensure rain free National Day parade

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London, Aug 25 (ANI): China has declared that President Hu Jintao will oversee an enormous military parade on Tiananmen Square to mark the 60th year of Communist Party rule without any interruption due to rains during the October's National Day parade.

Anti-rain rockets would be ready for the celebration, said Zhang Qiang, the deputy head of the Beijing's "Weather Modification" office.

"From weather records for the National Day in Beijing in the past three decades, we see a 30 per cent chance of rainfall, mostly drizzle," said Guo Hu, head of the Beijing meteorological bureau.

The Telegraph reports that before the 2008 Olympic Games, Beijing fired 1,104 anti-rain rockets from 21 sites around the capital to ward off an approaching rain belt.

The rockets "seed" clouds with chemicals such as silver iodide in order to disperse them.

Zhang said the rockets could disperse some clouds but not prevent a large storm.

Ye Qian, the assistant president of the Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences said there was no effective way to change the weather.

The Chinese Communist Party is focusing all its efforts on the 60th anniversary celebrations, and hotel rooms across Beijing have already been booked out for the thousands of visiting officials from across the country. (ANI)

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