On October 9, floodwaters in Shanxi continued to rise, causing destruction and loss of lives. The Hexin section of the Fenhe River in Shanxi Province suffered its biggest flood in 67 years, according to Sound of Hope.
At 5:00 p.m. on Oct. 7, the dam on the north section of the Fenhe River near Qiaodong Village, Xinjiang District, Yuncheng City, Shanxi Province broke, causing many villages to be flooded.
Due to the sudden flood release from the reservoir upstream, the river water rose. Authorities say heavy rainfall in Shanxi has forced more than 50,000 people to flee their homes. Some villagers were devastated and cried that all the family belongings kept from previous years had been destroyed.
According to Vision Times, the official Weibo of the Fire Rescue Department of the Ministry of Emergency Management of China announced on the 9th that a river dike breach had occurred in Jinzhong, Shanxi.
The outside world discovered that compared with the heavy rains and floods in Henan in late July, the people seemed to know little about the severity of the disaster in Shanxi.
The China Philanthropist magazine quoted Mr. Hao Nan, the person in charge of the “Zoming Disaster Information Service Center”, who was also the first to enter the disaster area, pointing out that the flood disaster is as big as this year’s in China is very rare.
However, flooding on a basin-wide scale has occurred at least three times, and the rescue and recovery after natural disasters face many challenges.
The Xinhua News Agency also quoted experts as saying that the rainfall in Shanxi at the end of September this year was 431% higher than in the same period last year, causing soil in some areas to be saturated, increasing the risk of the occurrence of a landslide and geological disasters.
This flood also damaged many ancient structures in Shanxi. Parts of Pingyao Citadel collapsed and many piers of the Changyuan river railway bridge were swept away by floods, leaving a section of the track suspended in the air. In many places there were landslides leading to casualties.
This severe flood in Shanxi has caused 1,757,100 people in 76 districts, 11 cities across the province to be affected, 120,100 people had to be evacuated, 600 crops were damaged and more than 17,000 houses collapsed.
According to incomplete statistics, the flood left at least 6 people dead, with many still missing, reports Xinhua News Agency.
The true number of casualties may never be known,