Heavy rains and massive flooding have hit China’s Henan province, bursting the banks of rivers, overwhelming the public transport system and upending lives of tens of millions.
At least three people have been killed in the provincial capital, Zhengzhou, where more than 20cm (7.8in) of rain fell in one hour on Tuesday. The rainfall shut the city’s subway system, leaving passengers trapped in waist-high water.
More than 10,000 residents of the central province have been moved to shelters, the official Xinhua News Agency reported on Tuesday.
The heavy rain across Henan began on 17 July. On Tuesday, weather authorities issued the highest warning level for the province and Chinese weather forecasts expected further severe downpours.
From Saturday to Tuesday, 3,535 weather stations in Henan, one of China’s most populous provinces with 94 million people, reported rainfall exceeding 5cm. Among the stations 1,614 registered levels above 10cm and 151 above 25cm, the authorities said.
Footage on China’s social media show the world-renowned Shaolin Temple, known for martial arts, as well as other cultural sites, badly affected. Hundreds of trapped residents in Henan called for help online as flooding cut electricity to their homes.
Floods are common in China’s rainy season, China’s rapid growth has only made flooding worse.
It has been a long recorded fact that some rain season are worse than others. (ground breaking I know). This chart from the National Climate Center shows China has had almost 5 different outliers where it rained MANY more days then other years.
Liu Junyan, of Greenpeace International, told Chinese media: “Because of the highly concentrated population, infrastructure and economic activity, the exposure and vulnerability of climate hazards are higher in urban areas. Cities are an important sector of global greenhouse gas emissions, which account for about 70% of the total emissions.”
Even the “Climate activist” can’t blame this just on China’s gross environmental misconduct. This will not stop the liberal media and elite in America using it as an excuse to grift massive amount of money to fix a climate problem that America doesn’t have.
It is also worth noting Bill Gates has owned 5 patents for controlling the weather as this now deleted USA Today article says “A good thing”. It’s almost like once billionaires started messing with our weather big storms have gotten worse instead of better. Who would have thought?
Due to the flooding a aluminum plant exploded in China as well.
Now People’s Liberation Army warns Yihetan dam in the center of China “could collapse at any time” after being severely damaged in torrential storms. The flooding may just be getting started in China.