On June 15, all six gates of Fengshuba Reservoir—the second-largest reservoir in Guangdong, were fully opened for flood discharge. The water level in the lower Dongjiang River immediately spiked, causing the section of the river that flows to Guangzhou to have the highest water level in a century. The water level exceeded the warning level, and the entire city of Guangzhou was flooded.

According to Xinhua News Agency, on June 15, the water levels of the three main reservoirs and tributaries in the Dongjiang River basin increased due to recent continuous and large-scale heavy rainfall. Fengshuba Reservoir, the second-largest reservoir in Guangdong, opened its floodgates at 6 p.m. on June 12. At 3 p.m. on the 15th, six floodgates were opened, with a total discharge volume of 2000m3/s.

According to the article, as of June 14, the average rainfall in Guangzhou during this year’s Dragon Boat Festival was 350.4 mm (almost 14 inches), 40.9% more than the same period over the past 10 years. The water level of the Pearl River in Guangzhou is expected to exceed the warning level on the 16th, and heavy rain will continue next week. As a result, the Guangzhou Hydrographic Branch of the Guangdong Hydrographic Bureau issued a red flood warning for Guangzhou at 7 a.m. on the 15th.

The video posted by netizens shows that, on June 15, the six floodgates of the Fengshuba reservoir were all opened to discharge the flood, and the water poured down with great volume and force.

Another video shows many places in Guangzhou with flooding, some areas are more than a meter deep in water, and many cars are flooded.

Another video shows the water level at a record high in the Dong Jiang River. The person who uploaded this video accompanied the tweet: “June 15, Guangzhou was severely flooded. The flood is known as a once-in-a-century flood, but it’s actually once-a-year, last year in Zhengzhou and this year in Guangzhou.”

Torrential rain over the catchment area of 65 rivers across China

According to CCTV, China Central Meteorological Observatory said: From midnight on the 12th to midnight on June 13, there was continuous heavy rain in the south, and 65 rivers across the country had floods above the alarm level.

According to HK01, heavy rainfall brought down a residential building in Yong’an district, Sanming city, Fujian province. The building collapsed at dawn on June 14, leaving many people stranded, and at least three people died.

On June 12, Jintian Reservoir in Guiping City opened the floodgates. It was officially announced that the drainage volume of the reservoir would increase an hour later. The video posted by the Chinese Epoch Time shows the scene of the authorities discharging the reservoir. Some people escaped thanks to tire buoys. Teachers and students at Jintian 3 junior high school were in waist-deep water carrying books to a higher floor to avoid flooding. The dykes along the river banks were eroded. Violent flash floods occurred. Floods entered the houses through the windows.

Heyuan: Lianping hydropower station in Guangdong flooded and collapsed

Sound of Hope Australia branch reported that on June 13, Lianping district, Heyuan city, Guangdong province, was subjected to torrential rain. The city immediately flooded, and the area turned into an ocean. Streets turned into rivers, and countless cars were washed away. Authorities sent special police and fire protection police to fight the flood and rescue people. Two special police officers were sucked into the sewer by the flood and were rescued. However, official media did not report casualties and property damage the local people experienced.

It was reported that 27 trapped people had been rescued, and 483 residents evacuated.

A video posted by Twitter user @tw_tomy shows a hydroelectric power station in the Lianping district collapsing, floods gushing from the opening of the collapsed dam, and towns and farmland downstream inundated. Other reservoirs also release floods, high water overflows into towns, streets turn into rivers, and many cars parked on the roadway are swept away by flood water. As a result, roads, houses, and vehicles are seriously damaged. 

Soundofhope added a video uploaded from the Twitter account @tw_tomy_with the content “Flood in Heyuan city, June 13, 2022.”

From June 13 to 14, it rained in Heyuan City, and the reservoir in Longchuan District also massively released floods, and the water level in the lower river skyrocketed. Another video posted by Twitter account @tw_tomy_ said, “On June 13 and 14, Heyuan city, it rained heavily, floods were discharged from the Longchuan reservoir.”

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