For the second time in three months, China struggles! with the aftermath of violent floods caused per day of unusually intense rains die left at least 28 people dead and displaced more than 120,000 in northern parts of the country.
The death including toll 14 people who died after a commuter bus in a river fell on Monday from a flooded bridge at the northern city of Shijiazhuang, according to Chinese media reports. Video in circulation online showed stranded passengers die waiting to be rescued on the roof of the nearly sunken bus as it floated in the river. if of Monday night, 37 people According to CCTV, the Chinese state broadcaster, he was rescued from the bus.
They have also the vulnerability exposed of China’s energy supply. Shanxi Province, China’s coal country, was one of the hardest hit regions of last floods of a week, with torrential rain die at least 15 . leave people dead. the flooding also caused activities in 60 coal mines in the province is suspended according to the Chinese state news media. The disturbance comes when the government has been struggling overcome one electricity shortage and nationwide power outages caused partly by rising energy prices and rising demand.
The heaviest rains fell last week, while many were traveling for China’s Seven Days national holiday known as Golden Week. Chinese state news media stressed that 600 mines in Shanxi Province remained operational and that had given many workers up their holiday plans to make sure that they could continue to produce coal. two-thirds of China’s electricity comes from coal.
In addition to the mine closures, the floods disrupted rail service on multiple lines in Shanxi Province and caused part of the ancient city wall of pingyao, one of China’s best-preserved medieval towns, to collapse. At least 17,000 buildings were destroyed and large areas of farmland has been flooded according to the state news media. Other regions die affected by the recent floods are the northern provinces of Hebei and Shaanxi.
While the death toll in the latest round of flooding seems to be lower than in July, many people on Chinese social media asked why local media had little coverage of the accident. Hu Xijin, the editor of wrote the Global Times newspaper, die owned by the Communist Party, on his Weibo social media account on Saturday that the floods in Shanxi would have received less attention because the casualties were minimal and the flood- emergency assistance went smoothly, which contributed to the “stability” of the country” during the holiday.
Some commentators on social media seemed to suggest otherwise. On Sunday, one person took to Weibo to plead for help for people in the remote village of nanfenggou, in rural Shanxi province.
“There are all old ones people, and the electricity and water are cut off off’ wrote the user. “We do not know if there is enough food.”
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