Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Three Typhoons Hit Northeastern China, Causing Floods and Crop Destruction

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Three typhoons hit northeastern China’s Jilin and Heilongjiang provinces from Aug. 27 to Sept. 8, causing heavy rain and devastating flooding. China’s Emergency Management Ministry said on Sept. 8 that water levels of 23 major rivers in Heilongjiang Province had topped warning levels, but said additional rainfall was in the forecast until Sept. 11. Five of the rivers have risen above their guarantee levels, which means embankment breaches could occur at any time. The ministry said a similar situation was occurring in Jilin Province. In an online video, farmers could be heard shouting, “My goodness! What can I live with?” as they watched their crops being submerged by floodwaters. With harvest season approaching and many crops about to mature, farmers lost their source of income. As flooding destroyed bridges and roads in rural areas, villagers were forced to leave home in a hurry as the risk of mudslides loomed. Meanwhile, …

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