Kate Byng-Hall investigates the environmental and humanitarian emergency taking place across China
Photo by Chi Chen
China has announced a state of national emergency of the second-highest level as it faces the most severe flooding for decades. 433 rivers across the southwest and east of the country are under flood alerts as a result of ‘once-in-two-centuries’ torrential rain which began in June.
Over the past weeks, thousands of troops have been deployed across the affected regions, using “wartime” measures to shore up flood defences as people panic that the floods could reach the severity of those seen in China in 1998, during which 2000 people died and three million houses were destroyed. 1.8 million people have been evacuated from their homes thus far.