In recent days, southern China has been suffering from continuous heavy rains. According to the authorities, the Pearl River basin has faced a record flood that happens once every 100 years. While the north recorded rare high temperatures, the mercury in many places continued to rise to a sizzling 40°C.
Mainland media rarely report details of the flooding that southern China is experiencing.
On June 17, China Times – a Chinese-language daily in Taiwan, published an article titled: “Drought in the North and Flood in the South! Many places in mainland China have issued a yellow warning after high temperatures exceed 40°C.”
Many places issued yellow to red warnings after northern China experienced unusually high temperatures
According to NetEase, at 6: 00 on June 17, the China Meteorological Administration (CMA) continued to issue a yellow high-temperature warning. This is the second-highest warning level in the 4-level warning system in the country.
On June 17, many places experienced temperatures above 35°C, and temperatures between 37 and 40℃ were recorded in southern Hebei, southern Shanxi, most of Henan, western Shandong, northern Anhui, northern Jiangsu, northern Hubei, south Shaanxi, western Neimenggu, central and northern Ningxia, and southern Xinjiang. It reached more than 40℃ in some places. The temperature is up to 41 to 42°C in many areas in Henan, such as Anyang, Jiaozuo, and Luohe. In Turpan, the city in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, and other places, the temperature has exceeded 46℃.
According to the China Meteorological Administration (CMA), a yellow high-temperature warning was also issued at 6 pm on June 16. According to reports, as of 3 pm on the 16th, a total of 508 high-temperature warnings went into effect in many cities/counties in China. The Shaanxi Province Professional Meteorological Observatory issued a red high-temperature warning. The Anhui Meteorological Observatory and the Shandong Meteorological Observatory issued an orange high-temperature warning; cities and districts in Henan have issued 113 orange or red high-temperature warnings.
According to NetEase, it is expected that before June 21, temperatures will continue to increase to about 40°C in southern Shanxi, southern Hebei, Henan, Shandong, northern Jiangsu, and Anhui, western Neimenggu, most of Shaanxi, and west Gansu. After June 22, high temperatures will also occur in the eastern regions of Jiangnan and southeastern China.
Vision Times quoted Zeng, a Zhengzhou, Henan province resident, as saying he couldn’t go out. If he had to go out, he would bring some anti-heat medicine, such as Huoxiangzhengqi Liquid – a liquid herbal formula from traditional Chinese medicine to protect the body and eliminate summer heat.
The ‘once in a 100-year flood’ in southern China severely affects the food supply.
On June 17, the CMA also issued a yellow rainstorm warning at 10: 00.
In southern China, the water level of the Pearl River, which flows through a local area during heavy rains, has skyrocketed, causing severe flooding in many places. In Fujian, the water level reached the second floor of buildings, the Lienping power plant collapsed in Guangdong province, and the flood barriers of the second-largest reservoir in Guangdong were opened. According to the meteorology forecast, the rain will continue for at least a week, leading to new disasters and seriously affecting the grain harvest in southern China.
Official mainland media describe the Pearl River’s rise in water levels as a once-in-a-hundred-year event. The Paper reports that 117 rivers in the Pearl River basin have exceeded warning high water levels. Next week, the basin will experience a new deluge of rain, and the flooding has not ended yet.
Guangdong Meteorological Service Center forecasts that rainfall will continue to increase on June 18, 19, and 20, and the risk of flash floods and landslides in northern Guangdong is very high.
The Vision Times page published an article titled: “The one-hundred-year flood caused floods in 117 rivers in the Pearl River’s basin”, citing a video posted by Tony media showing that the village, streets, and vehicles were submerged in the water. Flash floods were muddy and turbid.
According to the outlet, Guangdong’s residents revealed: “The whole town has evacuated 1,500 people, but 20 or 30 of us still live here. Schools have had to close because of no water. A dam in the village collapsed, and then the water overflowed downstream.”
However, the Vision Times says the mainland media don’t want to detail the flood damages. Hence, the week’s most popular searches are currently about the Tangshan attack or entertainment news.