This is the last article you can read this month
You can read more article this month
You can read more articles this month
Sorry your limit is up for this month
PARTS of southern China still cleaning up today after floods left at least 20 people dead or missing are forecast to be hit by more rain in the coming days.
Nearly three million people have been affected by the deluge, with 228,000 forced to seek shelter and 1,300 homes destroyed, according to the Ministry of Emergency Management.
Direct economic losses are estimated at more than £394 million, the ministry said.
While damage has been concentrated in Hunan province and the Guangxi region, authorities were monitoring the situation in the Yangtze River city of Wuhan, where the global coronavirus pandemic began, Vice Minister of Water Resources Ye Jianchun said at a briefing yesterday.
Guangxi’s crucial tourism sector, already hit hard by the pandemic, has suffered further losses from the floods.
In the picturesque town of Yangshuo, famed for its river scenery and karst outcrops, streets were flooded and tourists had to be evacuated on bamboo rafts.
The county government said that more than 1,000 hotels and other guest accommodation suffered water damage, as did 5,000 shops.
Firefighters and other public-service workers pitched in, helping to clear debris and spray disinfectant, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.
Seasonal flooding regularly strikes the lower regions of China’s major river systems, particularly those of the Yangtze and the Pearl to the south.
Authorities have sought to mitigate the damage through the use of dams, particularly the massive Three Gorges structure on the Yangtze.
China’s worst floods in recent years were in 1998, when more than 2,000 people died and almost three million homes were destroyed.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by joining the 501 club.
Just £5 a month gives you the opportunity to win one of 17 prizes, from £25 to the £501 jackpot.
By becoming a 501 Club member you are helping the Morning Star cover its printing, distribution and staff costs — help keep our paper thriving by joining!
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Printing Press Society.
The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society.
Shares are £1 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder has an equal say. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our paper thriving.
Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals over £100.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by donating to the Fighting Fund.
The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of corporate media. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried.
The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on you, our readers and friends. With a regular donation to our monthly Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and tell truth to power.
Donate today and make a regular contribution.