China – “Highest floodwater in recorded history”- At least 33 rivers reaching record-high levels

Wuhan declares flood red alert. Officials worried that it may overwhelm their masterpiece, the 3 Gorges Dam (the world’s largest & most complicated river anti-flooding system). Hampering supply chains for COVID-19 relief products in other parts of the world.

Large parts of central and eastern China were reeling yesterday from the worst floods in decades.

The city of Wuhan and the provinces of Anhui, Jiangxi and Zhejiang declared red alerts as heavy rain swelled rivers and lakes.

The Three Gorges reservoir, which has been holding back more water to try to ease downstream flood risks, was more than 10m higher than its warning level, the Poyang Lake in Jiangxi Province was 2.5m higher than its warning level and farther east, and the water level at Tai Lake near Shanghai rose to nearly 1m higher than its safe level.

The summer rainy season brings floods to China almost every year, but these are record-breaking.

ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) reports at least 140 people have died in central and eastern China as floodwaters rise. In weeks, 28,000 homes have been destroyed in the Yangtze River region, with at least 33 rivers reaching record-high levels.

As China counts the costs of its most punishing flood season in more than three decades, the role played by the massive and controversial Three Gorges Dam — designed to help tame the Yangtze River — has come under fresh scrutiny.

“One of the major justifications for the Three Gorges Dam was flood control, but less than 20 years after its completion we have the highest floodwater in recorded history,” said David Shankman, a geographer with the University of Alabama who studies Chinese floods.

The People’s Daily newspaper said earlier this week that 1.5 million people have already evacuated from flood-prone regions.

Vice Minister of Emergency Management Zheng Guoguan told reporters Monday some regions around the Yangtze river have recorded the highest rainfall in over a half-century. es-questions-about-worlds-biggest

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10 thoughts on “China – “Highest floodwater in recorded history”- At least 33 rivers reaching record-high levels”

  1. Whilst people all over the net
    (read Americans) continue to lambast the Chinese for their ‘inferior’ materials and poor engineering skills they fail to realise that the risk of American dams failing is as high or higher.
    Look at the Oroville (Horrerville)
    Dam situation last year.
    A disaster caused by contractors using inferior degraded rock as fill under the spillway, see blancolirio on youtube for full details.
    With the increasing cosmic rays causing ever increasing precipitation it’s more or less given that a big dam will fail, little ones already have.
    Then there’s the increased tectonic activity caused amazingly by the same cosmic rays !
    It’s just a matter of time.
    A little humble pie may be in order.
    It’s not the ice you need to fear just yet, it’s the rain.

    • Bro, you have no idea what you are talking about. The spillway failed because of cracks and faults in the concrete. The concrete broke and the water eroded the brittle bedrock underneath causing more damage. Also, that dam is not meant for flood control but power generation and could not discharge enough water to keep up with the rain and snow melt from upstream. When the water began to flow over the spillway, the poor upkeep became evident and led to the eventual failure of the dams spillway.
      We have excellent dams in this country and the few that do fail are usually earthen type dams or very old and have not been properly cared for.
      The problem we have now is the push by greens and environ goons to tear them down all in the name of the environment.

  2. Floods that struck several parts of Indonesia in recent days might threaten domestic food supplies

    Three people have been killed in fresh floods in northern Vietnam while the death toll in the wake of tropical storm Kammuri has risen to 119

    At least 70 people have died since Wednesday in floods triggered by heavy monsoon rains in various parts of northern India, national radio reports said on Thursday.

    Floods have killed at least 32 people in central Vietnam, displacing thousands and cutting the north-south railway

    Torrential rains forced more than 30,000 people to flee their homes in southern Angola and floods killed 30,000 cattle, state television reported Thursday.

  3. Recorded History in fact means since the 1930s and the previous Low UV solar cycles of the Gleissberg Period 1880 to 1930.
    Cycles 12 to 16. The flooding event once again took place on the decent of SC16 into solar minimum a period of Low UV, of Meridonial Jet Streams and blocking Weather systems cause by SAW eventa causing weather system to block over the catchment area of the river Yangtze for most of the year.
    Meteorological causes and physical consequences
    From 1928 to 1930, China was afflicted by a long drought.[6] The subsequent winter of 1930 was particularly harsh, creating large deposits of snow and ice in mountainous areas. Early 1931, melting snow and ice flowed downstream and arrived in the middle Yangtze during a period of heavy spring rain. Ordinarily, the region experienced three periods of high water during the spring, summer and autumn; early 1931 there was a single continuous deluge. By June, those living in low areas had already been forced to abandon their homes.[7] The summer was also characterized by extreme cyclonic activity. In July of that year alone, nine cyclones hit the region, which was significantly above the average of two per year.[8] Four weather stations along the Yangtze River reported rain totaling over 600 mm (24 in) for the month.[8] The water flowing through the Yangtze reached its highest level since record-keeping began in the mid-nineteenth century.[7] That autumn, further heavy rain added to the problem and some rivers did not return to their normal courses until November.

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