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Reservoirs in Southern China are Collapsing, Heavy Flooding in 11 Provinces

2020-06-20 17:50
In southern China, there are currently about 148 rivers in danger of flooding. Floods have inundated Guilin City. A large number of residents near the Guilin Reservoir in Guangxi began to evacuate. They are worried that the reservoir might collapse. Since June 1, steady torrential rain has drenched 11 provinces and regions in southern China, affecting 2.627 million people. Meanwhile, 230,000 people were forced to evacuate. Affected areas include Guangxi, Guangdong, Fujian, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Hunan, Guizhou, and Yunnan. Heavy flooding has caused the collapse of houses and roads, landslides, and damage to crops. The flooding disaster continues to expand. A person from Yangshuo county who asked to remain anonymous said: "The first floor of houses and shops are basically flooded. It has already caused big losses. For example, cars and electrical appliances have been soaked in water." Another person from Guilin city who chose to remain anonymous said: "No aiding policies have been issued at present. The flooding seems more serious from the pictures on the Internet. It will cause a lot of losses, especially economic losses." A Guilin resident told reporters that the water where he lives has receded, but the economic loss was not small after a lot of soil and sand was washed over. People in Guilin said: "Now the water has receded. We are cleaning the sludge and things like that. After the water level rises, a lot of silt or garbage has washed over. The flooded things are now being cleaned up." It’s said that the main disaster area caused by the heavy rainfall is in Yangshuo County, Guangxi Province. Chen Hong (pseudonym), the owner of a Homestay in Yangshuo County said: "This year is particularly bad because of the heavy rain. Torrential rain has continued for many days and the water flowed down from the mountain. It is not a problem if it only affected one family, but the entire county has been soaked in water." Chen Hong (pseudonym) said in an interview that the flood began on the 6th and continued for several days. Chen Hong said: "The water almost flooded to the second floor of many houses. Luckily, my house was fine but the houses in front of mine were all flooded. People are all working on cleaning up. Workers are trying to repair the water and power lines. The water being discharged, after several days of heavy rain, might be from the Li River. The river is relatively narrow, and all the low terrains are flooded." Uninterrupted torrential rains caused a sudden rise in water levels. Reservoirs at all levels started emergency flood discharges, resulting in a rapid water level rise in downstream Li River. Yangshuo County, located on the banks of the Li River, bore the brunt of it and was soon submerged in water. Chen Hong said: "The reservoirs here are still being discharged at around 6 p.m. yesterday. One of the reservoirs close to us collapsed. It’s a relatively small reservoir. The reservoir with a bigger dam collapsed in Yangshuo County." Some netizens reminded nearby people to pay more attention to the reservoirs nearby, especially the small dams built in the last 20 years, since there are many poorly-built projects that have dangerous small leaks. According to videos uploaded by netizens, we can see that a large number of residents near the Guilin Reservoir in Guangxi began to evacuate because they worry that the reservoir may collapse. Netizens questioned why the media did not mention such serious floodings in the south. Such news is almost non-existent on Weibo. The city was flooded with water, roads collapsed, and rural landslides. However, the news on WeChat and Tik Tok are all promoting propaganda such as street stalls earning 5,000 yuan ($700 USD) a day. In reality, many rural residents are homeless now and many of the elderly and children were washed away by the current. The CCP state-run media deliberately downplayed the severity of the floods. Netizens said that among the top 50 Weibo searches, only one was about the southern floods and it was touched on lightly, but there were 7 hot searches about r