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Floods take a toll on life, kill 171 people
By Liang Qiwen (China Daily/Xinhua)
Updated: 2008-06-17 06:44


GUANGZHOU -- Heavy rain and floods have claimed 171 lives in China's 20 regions this year, according to the Office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters, with the government warning of serious flooding in the Yellow River.

The worst storms and floods in decades have hit about 38.56 million people in 20 provinces, mostly in the south, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said yesterday.

About 52 people are missing and 2.2 million hectares of farmland has been inundated, the ministry said. The direct economic loss has reached 26 billion yuan ($3.3 billion).

Threat of massive floods along the 5,500-km Yellow River that runs through the north looms large, the China Meteorological Administration (CMA) warned yesterday.

Heavy rain in the next few days could "increase the destructive force of floods and make relief and rescue work even more difficult", the CMA said.

"National flood prevention and relief efforts are entering a crucial phase" because torrential rain are likely to raise the threat of floods in the lower and middle reaches of the Yellow River in Shanxi, Shaanxi, Henan and Shandong provinces, it said.

The Yellow River, China's longest after the Yangtze, has caused massive floods in the past but its devastating effects have not been felt in recent decades.

Weather forecasts warn fresh storms could lash parts of the Yangtze River delta and parts of provinces in the east, south and southwest too.

Vice-Premier Hui Liangyu said the fight against floods in South China had reached a critical stage. Hui is commander-in-chief of the country's drought- and flood-prevention headquarters too.

He told an urgent meeting yesterday that all related departments and local authorities in South China should fully realize the importance of fighting floods this year.

Twelve provinces and regions in the south have been lashed by heavy rain since June 7, with some areas experiencing the heaviest rainfall in 100 years.

Many rivers are already flowing above the danger levels and have broken their banks at some places in Guangdong province.

Many areas along the Xijiang River and the Beijiang River, tributaries of the Pearl River that runs through Guangxi, Hunan and Guangdong provinces, are under water.

The flooded Xijiang and Beijiang rivers pose a flood threat at their convergence point in Sanshui, Foshan city, where the water level hit the highest in five decades, Guangdong water resource department said.

At noon yesterday, the water level at Makou hydrological station in Sanshui was 8.4 m, almost 1 m above the danger level.

A Guangdong water resource department official said 18,000 relief and rescue workers had been mobilized to monitor the flood situation in Sanshui.

The floodgates of two dams in Sanshui were opened to discharge water and reduce the threat to the dam, Yue said.

About 20 people have been killed and more than 5.76 million affected by the floods in 17 of Guangdong's 21 cities, where food too, is in short supply.

According to official estimates, the province has already suffered an economic loss of 3.8 billion yuan ($540 million).

Heavy rain is likely to continue in Hunan and Guizhou provinces and the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region during the next couple of days, the CMA said.

Xinhua contributed to the story

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2008-06/17/content_6765159.htm
 

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Local people row boats in flooded Daoshui Town of Wuzhou City, southwest China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, June 16, 2008. As of Monday evening, flood has affected 92 counties, cities and regions in Guangxi. Some 7.54 million people were plagued by the flood with direct economic loss standing at about 4.6 billion RMB yuan (660 million U.S. dollars).
 

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Terrible...
First the snow storm
Then the Earthquake
Now this...

08 hasn't been a good year for China
 

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^^ all the 5 Olympic mascots have vent their ire now...

Snow - air element
Riots in Tibet - that yellow one
Olympic torch relay - fire element
Earthquake - earth element
Floods - water element

:shifty:

Have to convince myself it's just superstitious nonsense....
 

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^^ all the 5 Olympic mascots have vent their ire now...

Snow - air element
Riots in Tibet - that yellow one
Olympic torch relay - fire element
Earthquake - earth element
Floods - water element

:shifty:

Have to convince myself it's just superstitious nonsense....
So we can have peace now?
 

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So we can have peace now?
The most overlook fact now is what it seems the normalization of the ralationship between China and Taiwan!

The unity of the Chinese people shown during the the Olympic torch and especially during the Sichuan earthquake where commong chinese people provide not only money but personal effor to help the survivor of the earthquake.
Also, the rapid respondse of the central government in each of the major disaster and that require speed, coordination and finess to some extend!
 

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^^ all the 5 Olympic mascots have vent their ire now...

Snow - air element
Riots in Tibet - that yellow one
Olympic torch relay - fire element
Earthquake - earth element
Floods - water element

:shifty:

Have to convince myself it's just superstitious nonsense....

See it as some kind of catharsis. :)
 

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Storm and rain lash south

2008-06-26

Tropical storm Fengshen brought more rain and misery to southern China yesterday, throwing life out of gear in the economic hubs of Hong Kong and Shenzhen.

Fengshen, downgraded from a typhoon after killing hundreds of people in the Philippines, hit Shenzhen, Guangdong province, early yesterday morning.

But before that it struck Hong Kong, uprooting trees, pulling down bamboo scaffoldings and causing a heavy downpour.

The storm caused rainfall in many parts of southern and some parts of eastern China. Though it hit Jiangxi province too, Guangdong bore the brunt of its assault.

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region closed all schools and colleges for the day. And markets, including the stock exchange, opened only after the city's highest storm alert was lowered.

The Hong Kong Airport Authority said 139 incoming and outgoing flights had been delayed or canceled in the morning.

Public transport companies resumed services around noon, and flash floods and landslides were reported from many areas.

Shenzhen, too, ordered all middle and primary schools closed. By 5 pm, rainstorms had delayed 121 flights and forced the cancellation of another 14 in the city.

Shipping activities at the Fuyong Dock were suspended too.

The level of floodwater in the Shenzhen-Guangzhou section of the No 107 National Highway was so high that it had to be closed.

The Guangdong provincial authorities had issued advance warning to fishing boats and other vessels not to venture out to sea. As a result, more than 13,000 vessels returned to harbor before the storm struck.

Although no casualties were reported in Shenzhen, one sailor was injured and another was missing after the two fell into the sea when their container ship made an emergency mooring off Shanwei city, less than 200 km east of Shenzhen, around 4 am.

Shenzhen's meteorological station forecast the city could receive up to 200 mm of rain in two days.

The storm moved in a northeasterly direction after tearing through Shenzhen, causing heavy rain in other cities on the route.

Fengshen, meaning "wind god" in Chinese, is likely to move northward before it loses strength, the Guangdong meteorological station said.

It will bring torrential rain across a wide swathe of southern and eastern China, including Fujian, Guangxi, Jiangxi and Hunan provinces, said meteorological sources.

Rainstorms and floods in the heavily industrialized south have claimed 63 lives this year, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs. Thirteen people are still missing and 1.6 million have been displaced.

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/language_tips/cdaudio/2008-06/26/content_6797774.htm

 

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Its kinda depressing to see all these natural disasters happening all over the world. Even now the wild fires are still burning in CA, and the hurricane season is just around the corner. Is this planet going crazy?:nuts: Man i need a drink. I just lost tons of money in the stock market today :bash:
 

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China floods leave 252 dead, 64 missing

2008-07-02

BEIJING -- Flooding and related disasters since the beginning of June have left 252 people dead and 64 missing across China, which saw the start of the main flood season on Tuesday, a senior flood control and drought relief official said on Wednesday.

About 50 million people and 3 million hectares of land were affected, with around 200,000 houses destroyed, Zhang Zhitong, vice director of the Office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters, told a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.

"The flood control efforts will be hampered by higher than average rains that are expected soon in the Yellow River areas, parts of northeast provinces as well as the quake zone in southwest China," Zhang said.

He promised the headquarters would take effective measures to protect people during the main flood season.

However, floods in southern China and northeast regions and typhoons along the coast had come early this year, he said.

The Pearl River delta had already embraced the worst floods in more than five decades, and the first typhoon this year was two months earlier than usual when Neoguri made a landfall in south China in April, he said.

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2008-07/02/content_6814218.htm
 
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