According to the Chinese-language Epoch Times, the average rainfall in Shanxi province, China, from Oct. 2 to 7, exceeded three times the rain in the same period the previous year. The dyke of the Fen River, the thousand-year-old wall inside Pingyao Ancient Citadel, burst due to heavy rains.
Furthermore, floods resulted in landslides and railway subsidence, affecting millions of people. However, CCP media provided very little coverage of the flood. Instead, the majority of those reports held God responsible for the rain and floods. People affected by the floods in Shanxi, on the other hand, do not share this viewpoint; they told a reporter from the Chinese-language Epoch Times that their suffering was caused by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) releasing the flood without warning.
On Oct. 7, a resident of Guxian Town, Qixian district, told the Chinese-language Epoch Times that the local government had not warned him about the flood discharge that caused his father to be washed away.
On Oct. 10, a resident of Jingping Village, Jifeng Town, Jishan district, stated that after more than a month of continuous rain, some reservoirs upstream released floodwaters. However, villagers were not notified of the flood discharge plan, and the district failed to advise people to evacuate.
The lakes’ flood discharge reached 1,000 cubic meters per second, but their village’s dam could only withstand 600 cubic meters per second, so the floodwater broke through the last line of defense within an hour, sweeping away the village’s dam late at night on Oct. 7. Unfortunately, district leaders have yet to have the broken section of the dam repaired.
Local governments in China are notorious for unleashing floods without warning. A few months ago, an unanticipated flood wreaked havoc in Zhengzhou City, Henan Province.
On July 20, Zhengzhou experienced heavy rain. According to official documents, the Changzhuang Reservoir outside Zhengzhou City released floodwater without warning for 14 hours.
The notice was not issued until late on the 20th, when Zhengzhou was already heavily flooded, causing significant damage to people and property. There were two particularly tragic locations, the first being the fifth subway line.
Even though floodwaters flooded this fifth subway line in the afternoon, local authorities did not shut down the line. As a result, sections of the station and train carriages along Line 5 were flooded, trapping hundreds of passengers due to this decision. According to videos posted on the Internet, floodwaters reached passengers’ chests in the carriages, causing many to feel suffocated.
The second location is the 4km long Jingguang road tunnel. This tunnel was also flooded, and hundreds of cars were stranded. Following the incident, Chinese officials reported that at least 14 people have died on metro line 5, and 6 people have died in the Kinh Quang tunnel. However, netizens doubt this figure.
In Zhengzhou, the flood story does not end there. Floods occurred in Qu County town, district Dazhou, Sichuan from Aug. 7 to 8; in Dangui Town, Gulin County, Luzhou, Sichuan and adjacent townships on Aug. 9; and in Nanzhao County, Nanyang City, Henan Province, Ye County, and Pingdingshan City on Sept. 24 to 25. People in these areas all believe that they suffered the effects of floods because the local authorities released floodwaters without warning.
Flooding without warning in China is not only frequent in 2021 but has happened before. In 2015, the media outlet “The Other Side” reported that reservoirs in China often do not give an early warning during the non-flood season. During the flood season, the notice of flood discharge is usually not timely, making the authorities in China guilty of not taking people’s lives seriously.
According to the Chinese-language Epoch Times, local officials in China often release floods without warning because they are concerned that if the flood discharge causes a disaster, they must compensate the people according to the law.