China is reportedly witnessing the heaviest rainfall in 1,000 years. It has led to severe flooding in central China.
Several videos of the devastation emerged. In one such viral clip, an underground metro train in Zhengzhou shows travellers just managing to keep their heads above water. The roads have turned into rivers, with cars even people swept away in fast-moving waters.
Rivers are flowing over the danger mark in China, while many dams and reservoirs have crossed warning levels. The floods have hit lakhs of people and led to millions in economic losses. However, after watching the videos that have emerged, these figures appear a usual Chinese smokescreen.
Coming to the point of overflowing dams, the Chinese army has warned that the Yihetan dam in Henan province could collapse at any moment. In case the warning comes true, it could turn catastrophic for people in the region.
Moreover, two dams have already collapsed in the Inner Mongolia province of China. Besides, CGTN, a state-owned Chinese media agency, reported the collapse of a dam near Zhengzhou. However, the Chinese regime refuted the reports, and the news got removed.
In addition, the Chinese army had to reportedly blast Xiaolangdi reservoir in Luoyang to release the floodwaters threatening an entire province. Also, the Three Gorges Dam in China had come under threat during last year’s floods. It is the largest dam in the world.
Adding to all these events, several scientists have blamed China’s ‘unrestricted’ construction of dams for this annual problem of floods which is worsening every year. China has over 98,000 dams, almost 40% of all the dams in the world. The Dam boom has worsened the effects of climate change for China. But China continues to build them as it wants to control most of the rivers of Asia.
China has built 11 dams on the Mekong river. It even held back its waters at a hydropower dam for 20 days. Such manipulations are affecting 60 million people in Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. Besides, China is now building the world’s largest dam on Tibet’s sacred Brahmaputra river.
China’s hunger for power is insatiable. However, nature has its own ways of curbing hegemonic designs. With it, China’s weapon of water wars appears to have turned on it.