Since June, heavy rains have been pouring into many parts of southern China. Flooding has occurred in eight provinces, including Guangxi. Many rivers in Guangxi are overflooded, harming residents. On June 5, Liuzhou, a city in north-central Guangxi, suffered the worst flooding this year. The town of Yanjiangmen was submerged one to two meters high, and the eastern city of ​​Guigang was flooded. Residents from these two places revealed that there was no prior warning of the reservoir flood discharge. This caused great loss of life and property.  

According to reports, heavy rainfall continued from June 3 and until now shows no signs of easing. Rivers such as Liujiang, Guijiang, and Luoqingjiang have floods exceeding warning levels, among which Rongjiang has flooded once in five years. On Sunday, June 5, in Liuzhou, Guangxi, the flood peaked on the Rongjiang River, across the border. The front of the river was flooded, causing heavy losses. On Monday morning, June 6, city residents revealed that the authorities failed to provide early warning of the flood discharge from the upstream reservoir. The water level of the Rongjiang River is still rising.

Ms. Tan, a citizen from Liuzhou, Guangxi said: “Part of the road is flooded, the side along the riverbank has been flooded, half of the facade on the first floor next to the river bank is also flooded. There are one or two meters, currently, the water is still rising, it is the reservoir (flood discharge). Two days without heavy rain, if it rains, it is just a little drizzle.”

Sunday also saw flooding in many townships in Hechi City, Guangxi; floods in Weijiang Township, Longsheng, and Guilin. That night, Guigang City in Guangxi was flooded. One video showed flooded cars in the Country Garden building, and residents observed the water outside their homes.

Ms. Yang, a citizen of Guigang, Guangxi said: “Last night it rained, it rained heavily, then flooded. Usually, I rarely see such heavy rain. Today, in the urban area, there is no problem, [the water] has all receded, the lake has released the flood, but there is no prior announcement.”

In addition, a post-disaster video from Chenxi County, Huaihua City, Hunan Province on Sunday showed water rising up to two floors. And the flash flood broke out in Tanjiachang Township, which suffered severe damage.

Mr. Li, a resident from Chenxi County, Huaihua City, Hunan Province, said: “Flash floods occurred, and some small streams rose. The district capital was not affected. The riverside area didn’t rise much. The town also had some severe damage. Some roads, bridges, power lines, and houses were damaged.”

Cases of Chinese authorities dumping floodwater without warning are not uncommon.

The same case happened last year during the flood disaster in Zhengzhou city, Henan province. At that time, the city recorded its heaviest rainfall in 70 years. Heavy flooding caused almost 400 deaths and forced the evacuation of more than 800.000 people, affecting more than 14 million people. 

On July 20, the day Zhengzhou recorded its highest rainfall figure, up to 7.95 inches within an hour, its flood control agency issued an internal notice. The notice says that when the back slope of the Shidaizhuang Reservoir dam faced pipeline danger, the agency carried out an emergency flood discharge. The notice was marked “Internal Mingdian,” indicating that it was not issued to ordinary citizens.

The flood discharge caused disastrous flooding in the downstream area. 

Many Chinese netizens said that this improper flood discharge was no different from murder. They wondered why the authorities allowed this

Sign up to receive our latest news!

By submitting this form, I agree to the terms.