Jul 01 2011

Worst Flooding in China in 50 Years


The Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, and the Western U.S. are not the only places experiencing historical flooding right now. Heavy rains along the the Yangtze River have brought about the worst flooding in over 50 years.


I’ve had the privilege of spending some time in the Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces (both near the coast around the delta of the Yangtze River) and one thing that immediately stands out as I watch both of the videos in this post: no mention of the water quality or sewage problems. Looking back at my time in Nanjing, I’ve asked myself – why didn’t I visit the river more often? Then I remember why. Because any open water in China is practically open sewage flow! This is no exaggeration or a joke. China does not have near the standards we have in the U.S. yet even more highly populated. While in China, I did not see one open body of water that I would swim in or even touch. We definitely have our own river quality problems, especially on larger channels, but nowhere near the Yangtze River. Think about that when you see coverage of the flooding.


The heavy rains have helped end a drought but close to 200 people have died and thousands have been displaced from already harsh conditions.

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