Recently, China has been affected by extreme weather, causing severe damage to the economy, properties and lives. In just 2 days, there have been consecutive accidents caused by torrential rains in China. People wonder if these are natural disasters or man-made.

As of the beginning of June, when the annual rainy season begins, flood disasters also appeared. Chinese irrigation expert who is living and working in Germany Wang Weiluo believes that “unannounced flood discharge” has become a feature of the Chinese government, and “man-made disaster” has become “natural disaster.”

Chaba Typhoon

On July 2, Typhoon Chaba landed in Maoming, Guangdong, causing disasters in Guangdong, Guangxi and Hainan provinces. A construction ship sank, leaving 27 people missing. A welcome gate in Shijiazhuang collapsed due to heavy storms, killing eight people.

Also, on the afternoon of July 2, Typhoon Chaba hit Dianbai district, Maoming city, Guangdong, becoming the first storm to hit China this year. 

Wherever Chaba goes, heavy rains and winds wreak havoc. As Chaba advances, the southeast of Guangdong Province, southern Guangxi Province, Hainan Island and other places continued to experience torrential rains and flooding. Sanya city of Hainan Island has broken the historical record for heavy rainfall in one day.

The Maritime Search and Rescue Center of Guangdong Province early morning on July 3 reported that, under the influence of Typhoon Chaba, the anchor chain of a crane ship at sea named “Fujing 001” broke off and the ship sank in the waters near Hailing Island, Yangjiang City, Guangdong Province.

As of 12 o’clock on July 2, 3 of the 30 crew members on the ship were rescued by a rescue helicopter of the Hong Kong Air Force; the whereabouts of the remaining 27 people are still unknown.

The video released by the rescue team shows that the strong winds caused the technical hull to break, then the ship was almost submerged.

According to the rescued crew members, at that time, the hull was tilted and seriously broken; they could only cling to the ship’s fence before the helicopter arrived, while the other crew members may have been swept away by the waves before the first helicopter arrived.

In addition, due to the storm’s impact, railway transport throughout Hainan province was suspended on July 2, and more than 400 flights at Haikou and Sanya airports were canceled. Many streets in Sanya urban area are submerged in water; people must row boats to move.

Tofu projects

According to NetEase, the government of Luquan District of Shijiazhuang City issued a notice on the evening of July 2. Due to sudden heavy rain and storms, the roof of the northern gate of Taitou village, Shangzhuang town, collapsed and fell from a height of 12 meters, crushing 9 people who were sheltering from the rain under the welcome gate. 

The authorities have been searching and carrying out rescues, 8 people have died and 1 person is being treated at the hospital.

This tragedy has attracted the attention of the mainland netizens, who claim this supposed accident is the consequence of a “tofu project.”

NetEase reported that, in recent years, weak and damaged projects are more common due to cutbacks, material quality and other causes. Casualties due to accidents are numerous. Such constructions are known in China as the “tofu projects.” 

A reduction of the needed raw materials is another main problem of the “tofu project.” According to preliminary calculations of relevant departments, “tofu projects” accounts for 85% of total construction works.

According to NetEase, there is an unwritten but well-known rule that says that “one third of the project money is used for bribes.” There are many subcontractors of underground suppliers and profiteers. There is also the problem of borrowing someone else’s qualifications to take over a project and then paying a so-called “management fee.”

Extreme weather

In recent days, mainland China has been frequently affected by extreme weather. In June, the middle and lower parts of the Changjiang River in China were affected by heavy rainfall and frequent landslides, causing many houses to collapse and many people killed.

Extreme weather not only causes casualties and disasters in the region, but also seriously affects the economy. According to Chinese media reports, the heavy rainfall caused by Typhoon Chaba seriously threatens agricultural, breeding and fisheries production in the affected areas.

Before Typhoon Chaba landed in China, Guangdong and southern China suffered heavy rainfall and flooding for weeks. Many houses were destroyed, and traffic was paralyzed, severely affecting people’s daily lives and production. Affected by heavy rainfall in mid-June, economic losses in Xinluo County, Longyan City, Fujian Province, alone exceeded 45.000 dollars, more than 50 houses collapsed and over 37.500 people were affected by the disaster.

Over the years, floods have occurred in the middle and lower parts of the Changjiang River almost every year, the trend becoming more and more severe. According to the Chinese Ministry of Water Resources, from 2010 to 2016, more than 180 cities in China were flooded every year on average.

According to public documents, before 1949, the Zhu Jiang river basin would experience flooding once every 24 years on average; since 1949, floods have occurred every three years; in recent years, floods have occurred every year. From 2020 to 2022, Yangshuo in Guilin City, Guangxi Province suffered from floods for three consecutive years. In June of this year, Yangshuo was flooded three times.

Floodings

Some argue that flood disasters, in spite of the harsh weather, are man-made. Sound of Hope analyzed some of the reasons in its May 4 article as follows:

The first is the weakness and unreasonable planning of the urban drainage system. This is mainly reflected in the drainage pipeline network’s relatively low design and construction standards, resulting in a drainage system with relatively small volume. In case of heavy rain, the waterflow cannot drain in time, leading to the urban area being flooded.

Although disasters repeat year after year, the drainage system still has not been improved.

Another reason is the rapid development of China’s real estate industry in the past few decades. It has occupied the alluvium of the banks, rendering them unusable as natural reservoirs. However, the problem of geological sedimentation in the flooded area has caused problems with the quality of the constructions there, becoming a jerry-built project.

Dr. Wang Weiluo, an irrigation expert based in Germany, told the Epoch Times his perspective on the current situation of flooding in many parts of southern China.

He believes that the Chinese government has turned the “flood season” into “flood disaster,” and “natural disasters” into “man-made disasters.”

The release of floods from the reservoirs without warning the people is one of the leading causes. There are three reasons for unwarranted flood discharges:

Firstly, the weather forecast is not accurate, so it is impossible to accurately predict the time of the flood season and the rainfall. In addition, the capacity of reservoirs in China is getting smaller and smaller, so they cannot hold the necessary amount of water. The third and most important reason is that the Chinese government avoids paying compensation by blaming God.

Wang Weiluo explains that if the government warns about a flood discharge, then the government must compensate for all the loss of lives and properties incurred, because people would be affected by it.

If the authorities say that there is no other way, they have to urgently discharge floods due to God’s torrential rain, the Chinese government will push the responsibility onto God, so they will not need to compensate.

Wang Weiluo said that the destructive power of flood discharge is much greater than that of natural floods. The discharge of floods from reservoirs has caused floods in many places from year to year, turning “natural disasters” into “man-made disasters.” The “discharge of floods without warning” has become a feature of the Chinese government.

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