Because of its complicated geological and climatic conditions, China is one of the world’s most frequently and severely affected countries by natural disasters. The trend of disaster losses over the past decades is increasing. This summer, Chinese people have been going through many natural hazards such as floods, storms and droughts in many places. Many lives are suffering.   

In this video, we are going to know more about how Chinese residents are dealing with these events and whether they get efficient support from Chinese government. 

Droughts in north regions

Temperatures in Zhengzhou, Xuchang, Xinxiang, Kaifeng, and other cities recently surpassed 40°C (104° F). On June 17, the surface temperature in some areas of Xuchang, Henan, exceeded 60 °C (140 °F).

Netizens uploaded a video, showing the concrete road slabs buckle and arch up. According to Henan’s article, walking down the street in the afternoon is like being in an air fryer.

In the video, residents gather nearby to watch. Some men shouted, [quote] “The ground is crumbling.” [end quote]

Chinese language media outlet Da Ji Yuan cites a netizen from Xi’ an. He was sleeping in the dormitory. But when he woke up from the heat, he thought he had a fever. As a result, his body temperature was normal.

According to Reuters, heatwaves in northern and central China pushed up electricity demand to all-time highs, as millions turned on air conditioners to escape the oppressive heat.

In addition, droughts could be a factor that contributes to fires in China. French media RFi reported in June 2017 that the fire that broke out in Mongolia approached the territory of China. Then, it spread and directly threatened China’s forest and grassland resources. 

In a village in Zhumadian City, Henan Province, each household has their own field. The high temperatures in the past few days have scorched the land. It has also caused people to worry about the crops in the field.

Zheng lives in the village. She said the weather was too hot, but she couldn’t just leave the ground alone. Zhang could only endure the high temperature to water the ground.

According to China Finance, people can take refuge at home, but the fields continue to burn. As of June 17, the drought-affected area of autumn crops in Henan Province had reached 4.387 million mu (around 722.7 acres) due to continuous high temperatures during the summer sowing.

Local villagers also stated that the fields had been sown with corn and fertilized. Corn seeds were  having difficulty growing due to a lack of timely watering due to the drought.

Zheng said that the seedlings wouldn’t come out if they didn’t water them because the land was too dry.

Tornadoes across China

While northern areas are suffering from droughts, tornadoes and floods disrupt lives elsewhere in China. 

China News shared a video of the tornado that occurred on June 16, in Taiping, Conghua, Guangzhou on their Weibo account. Footage of the destruction of electrical equipment and a large number of electrical sparks wherever the tornado went were recorded.

Many citizens said that the weather this year was unusual. A user commented. [quote] “The history of Panjin Xihui in Liaoning is unprecedented.” Officials and businessmen have colluded and retaliated. The clues are exposed, and the evidence is overwhelming. Hope the truth will come out. Let the participants reveal their true colors and take legal responsibility. ” [end quote]

On June 19, a tornado that touched down close to Yayao Village in Foshan city, Quangdong met the second-level national level for intensity.

The Foshan Meteorological Bureau and the Nanhai District Meteorological Bureau visited the scene to conduct on-the-spot investigations. 

The Yayao Village tornado’s impacted path had a maximum affected width of around 240 meters and a length of roughly 800 meters.

The tornado uprooted trees, damaged power plants, overturned warehouse roofs, lifted iron sheets and timber, and caused car rollovers.

In just 8 seconds, the first video shows a dark sky covered with emissions from the high rotation angle. You can’t  even see the infrastructure below. In this photo, the air is severely polluted as the sky turns gray.

Moreover, Chinese language media outlet Xin Tang Ren cites state-owned media CCTV. Thunderstorms, strong winds, short-term heavy precipitation, hail, and heavy rain occurred in Baicheng, Jilin province, on June 20 and 21. 

A blogger posted a video on Weibo. He said, [quote] “It was so shocking that a mass of supercells was in front of me.” [end quote]

He said that, near the funnel cloud, the wind on the ground was extremely strong. A huge wind whistle could even be heard inside the car. The car body, weighing several tons, was blown by the tornado until it shook all the time.

The blogger said that after the strong wind stopped, a large number of nearby trees were broken off. They were directly cut off from the main trunk near the ground. 

Netizens have some comments in response to the video.

 A user said that the farmers were in a bad situation as the wheat was tamped down . Other users said this tornado was quite shocking.

Recent floods with lack of assistance from the government

On June 24, Chinese media outlets reported the case of  Yingde City, Guangdong. This place suffered from a once-in-a-century flood. However, in some places, residents didn’t get support from the local governments. 

According to Chinese media XinTang Ren cites information from official data. Locals claimed that after the recent spate of heavy rain, Shaoguan opened the floodgates to release floodwaters into Yingde. Feilaixia kept releasing floods, which led to Yingde experiencing a once-in-a-century flood.

In Guangdong alone, nearly 500,000 people have been affected, 1,729 houses have collapsed, and more than 200,000 people have been urgently relocated. The government did not notify residents about the floods. 

As reported by Xin Tang Ren, a number of severely affected villages and towns have been without water, power, and food for several days and are in urgent need of rescue. 

According to Chinese media XiwangZhisheng, a resident named Chen said that the local area has been flooded for two or three days. He lives in Yangshan county, Yangde city.

Chen said that no official assistance was available. He said if the government responded like this, they would all raise their hands and surrender. 

He said that the situation was emergent and residents didn’t know about the plan for flood discharge. He questioned whether he should trust the government. 

Chen said [quote], “Now the whole Yangshan is like a garbage dump. The sanitation workers can’t get in, and the emergency response and three defenses can’t be done. Many places have no electricity or water. Those supermarkets , Those shops, all those things were flooded… The inability to clear them (turned into) a sanitation problem. The government is incompetent, do not say emergency respond!” [end quote]

In addition, Tangliao village in Yingde City also got affected. Water and food are currently unavailable. They are looking for support and attention. Some villagers haven’t eaten in days, and no one has shown up to assist with the transfer.

This is the video from June 24 in Tangliao village. According to the cameraman, villagers haven’t eaten for days. They hope to get some attention as no one came to help.

Chinese media outlet XiwangZhisheng mentions the residents of Changjiangba Village, Shakou Town, and Yingde City. They said that no government, at any level, has offered any form of help or compensation. In the past 28 years, not even emergency supplies like expired mineral water and quick noodles have been distributed.

Chinese residents are going through a lot of difficulties not only in finance, health issues but natural hazards. They really need more support from the Chinese government. 

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