Thirty-five people are dead and 11 are missing as rainstorms continue to lash southwest China’s Chongqing municipality, according to the municipal flood control office.
A total of 403 Chinese have died, 105 are missing and 3.17 million people have been relocated as the rainy season coupled with ferocious flood waters continues to batter central and southern China.
Chinese authorities are preparing for potentially catastrophic floods along the Yangtze River where the giant Three Gorges dam is being built as the country braces itself for extreme summer weather conditions.
(May 24, 2007) The most "severe floods" since 1998 might hit the Yangtze River this summer, a senior flood-control official warned yesterday.
The death toll from the killer tropical storm Bilis has risen to 198 in China; Vice Premier Hui Liangyu has urged government departments to step up flood-control efforts, especially in regard the safety or major rivers and reservoirs.
Some experts believe China’s big-dam projects are an inefficient use of the funds set aside for flood prevention, BBC News Online reports. ‘Give the people in the villages more money,’ it quotes water specialist Wang Weiluo as saying.
At least 205 people are dead, and hundreds more are missing, in catastrophic floods in north-western China that local reports describe as the worst in the area for more than a century.
(May 27, 2003) Abnormally heavy flooding on the Yangtze River this summer is expected to put the newly built Three Gorges dam to its first major test.
Floods become friends rather than foes in China, since the country has succeeded in making terrible summer floodwater useful in drought resistance.