An ancient city on a tributary of China’s Three Gorges flooded | Taiwan News

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – An ancient Chinese city with more than 2,000 years of history is the latest place to be inundated by the devastating floods that have ravaged southern China in recent weeks.

Since June, more than 10 million people in 26 provinces have been affected by torrential rains, with many towns above and below the Three Gorges Dam submerged by floodwater, calling into question the efficiency and the stability of the massive installation. The ancient city of Fenghuang (鳳凰 古子), which dates back to the period of spring and autumn (770-476 BC).

Xinhua reported that there had recently been heavy rains on the Wujiang, Minjiang and Tuojiang rivers in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River. From Monday, June 29, the banks of the Tuojiang River began to be submerged by roaring flood waters.

Videos posted Tuesday, June 30, by townspeople show torrents of silt-laden water plowing through town streets, with people wading up to their shoulders in the water and at least 20 trapped at one point given. In more modern parts of town, vehicles and pedestrians can be seen struggling to navigate swirling pools of brown water.

Flooded streets of Fenghuang. (Pear video screenshot)

Video shows the whole process, including the heavy downpour, rising waters, people struggling to march against torrents of water and finally, the muddy aftermath, with mangled storefronts and debris strewn everywhere. According to the Chinese Meteorological Administration (CMA), the rain will continue until Thursday, July 2, with moderate to heavy rains in central and northern Hunan, cloudy skies in southeast Hunan and showers or light to moderate thunderstorms in other parts of the Province.

Also on Tuesday, the CMA issued a heavy rain warning across China for the 30th day in a row. He predicted that there would be heavy rains in Chongqing, Guizhou, Hubei and other parts of China, with heavy short-term rainfall (maximum hourly rainfall of 20-60mm) and a high probability of violent convection. like thunderstorms and bursts.

According to Liberty Times, the entire Yangtze River basin is inundated with continuous rain, while the Yellow River basin has also entered the flood season. The Xiaolangdi Dam, located on the upper reaches of the Yellow River, began discharging floodwaters on June 29 at a rate of 5,520 cubic meters per second.

An ancient city on a tributary of China's Three Gorges flooded
Rising flood waters in Fenghuang. (Internet image)

The water level at the Lanxi City Hydrological Station on the upper reaches of the Qiantang River reached the warning level of 28 meters on Tuesday afternoon, China News Service reported. That evening, authorities announced that flooding had started to occur on the Qiantang River and a Level IV emergency was announced at 10:30 p.m.

The Xinhua News Agency also reported that after the Three Gorges Dam released a flood water flow on June 28 at a rate of 34,700 cubic meters of water per second, the flood problems have been exacerbated in many downstream towns. The city of Yichang in Hubei province, located just 40 kilometers downstream from the dam, experienced heavy flooding on June 27, leading many residents to blame it on unexpected releases from the dam’s spillways.

The Zhejiang Water Resources Department also pointed out that 20 medium and large reservoirs in Zhejiang Province have exceeded the flood control water level. As of Tuesday afternoon, the total storage of large and medium-sized reservoirs was 27.268 billion cubic meters, an increase of 3.803 billion cubic meters from before the plum rainy season.

The onslaught of rain appears to continue for at least 10 days. The main rain belts are expected to extend from the Sichuan Basin to Huanghuai, Jianghuai, Jianghan and the northern regions of Jiangnan.

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