Flooding in China

Flooding in China

China has begun to experience floods that have affected millions. The Yangtze River runs through southern China, which is one of the most populated locations on Earth. Being the third longest river in the world, nearly 400 million people live in close proximity to the 3964 mile long waterway.

In April of 1931, the area had received an amount of rainfall that was far above the average. This happened again in July of this year, causing “perhaps the worst natural disaster of the 20th century,” flooding over 500 square miles. These waters forced hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate their homes, and destroyed thousands of farms as well. This natural phenomena left the area starving and millions dead.

100,000 people were forced to evacuate, while police and volunteers tried to protect areas such as the 233 foot tall Leshan Giant Buddha world heritage site.

 

In May of 2020, another flood began. 100,000 people were forced to evacuate, while police and volunteers tried to protect areas such as the 233 foot tall Leshan Giant Buddha world heritage site. A road also collapsed due to flooding in Yibin, bringing 21 vehicles down with it. Thankfully nobody was injured. Additionally, the government says that the flooding at water monitoring stations is guaranteed to overflow the flood protection by nearly 20 feet.

Although the government is making attempts to direct the floods to nearby dams and reservoirs, the facilities have the need to let the water keep running to “reduce flood pressure controls,” and analysts say this course of action may be making things worse. On top of that, the Three Gorges project, a water facility created to lessen the damage of floods, caused their water inflows to rise “to a record of 2.5 million cubic feet per second.” Collectively, these floods have emptied towns, engulfed houses and there is still more damage to come.

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