Roads Become Rivers: Nearly 4 Million Chinese Evacuated Or Displaced From Flooding
To China now, where vast swath of the country are being hammered by flooding it is some of the worst China has seen in more than two decades. NPR's Emily Fang looks into why this year's flooding is worse than usual. It's an highly lost his job in uniform factory a few hours away because of the coronavirus pandemic. So he came home to an we province his troubles did not end bear in. July weeks of torrential rain. Let the small river near his house to swell an overflow. When Nike woke up in a panic. Radio, the water was suddenly up to my chest. I couldn't lift my motor out of could barely walk because the ground therm too slippery mud. So Dong put his bedridden eighty one year old mother and a large plastic wash. And pushed her into a rescue. A week after the flood, he gives me a tour of his earth in home just outside the city of hoofing it's unfit to live in. The Water down our electricity's lines, walls are now falling down. Dengue is among the estimated three point seven million people displaced or evacuated across China due to flooding. He now lives in a classroom in a local public school while waiting for new housing. The country's water resources ministry says the worst point in mid July four, hundred, thirty, three rivers rose to dangerous levels. Some broke through dams or overflowed their banks flooding nearby villages like hoopoe in an we province. Up. The road in front of our house became a river. We were stuck at our house for days with only some bread water and instant noodles like almost all the others tongue and funds home cocoa village is now surrounded by submerged field in damp furniture a layer of scummy water covering her lost harvest. She points to the dark swath of mildew that now grows on her wall and nearly extends to the ceiling. That's how high the water rose on three separate occasions in July. Tongue in her sixties says this part of on we has seasonal flooding every year, but it was only in the last decade that the water would rise above her angles. Show. Because they're. Back, whenever it rains too much they released the water from the dams. But. The water floods are village and we suffer in one thousand, nine, hundred, Eighty, eight began building the first of nine dams diversionary barriers near hookup deregulate seasonal flooding by collecting runoff into reservoirs today the dams provide hydropower and drinking water to nearby cities as well. But during extreme rains, authorities are forced to suddenly release the water. So there's a decision of basically not how much the rivers will flood but where will the Rivers Flood Ryan Studies China's river management at. The Stinson Center a think tank he explains Engineers Must Make Utilitarian Calculus about where to release water other countries including the US also face greater flood risks because it's mostly because again, we are living in places where the rivers had become engineered to allow us to live there but the engineering is not able to cope with nature and so nature's getting the best of US those living downstream in an we mostly in sparse rural communities. No this hard truth which the. A resident of Hokkaido village explains. What's on? Water us even more people will be drilled. Due to climate change when accident of nature heavier rainfall means precarious existence for the four hundred, fifty, million Chinese residents who live along the mighty Yangtze River or its many tributaries. Farmer my Yosi recounts the sudden flooding July. The envelopes his home in the village as he takes his water buffaloes out for us when. We only know when Damn Surrey's water when the water enters our homes, there's no heads up. Barely rescued his sheep he points to his heard of water buffalo. Luckily, they float naturally process. He then gives a sharp talk. Paulina's heard out of the water. It's time to go back inside. because. It's raining again. Emily Fang Pure News, her fe and we province.