According to the China’s Ministry of Emergency Management, floods have left 141 people dead or missing, destroyed at least 28,000 homes, affected at least 38 million people and caused around $8.6 billion in economic losses.
WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED?
There are 33 rivers have reached record highs, while alerts have been issued for a total of 433 rivers, according to a release by the People’s Republic of China’s Ministry of Water (E Jingping) Resources on July 13. China’s Poyang Lake, formed from the overspill of the Yangtze River (longest river in Asia), is 2.5 meters higher than its warning level.
Wuhan city, located on the banks of the Asia longest river Yangtze River where COVID-19 emerged late previous year, declared red alerts as heavy rain swelled rivers and lakes.
The source of the Yangtze is the Ulan Moron (Wulanmulun) River, which originates in glacial meltwaters on the slopes of the Tanggula Mountains in southern Qinghai province on the border with the Tibet Autonomous Region.
The Yangtze longest river in Asia, the third-longest in the world and the longest in the world to flow entirely within single country.
THREE GORGES DAM
China’s hydroelectric gravity dam are The Three Gorges Dam
hydroelectric Three Gorges Dam has been the world’s largest power station in terms of installed capacity (22,500 Mega Watt) since 2012.
China experiences a wet season during the summer months associated with Indian monsoon, but this yeas has been particularly wet
not long ago, a flow of moisture from India, called the Mei-yu front, has been pulling this abnormally strong monsoonal moisture over central and eastern People’s Republic of China since early July this year.