This is an aerial photograph taken on June 22nd of an inundated village in Yujiang County of Jiangxi Province. Continuous torrential rains caused flooding in Jiangxi's Fuhe river basin, causing serious severe floods.
From Xinhua, China Daily, & QQ:
2010 Photo Memorial: Battling floods and droughts
2010, China tested by “both fire and ice”
In spring, Southwestern provinces including Yunnan, Guangxi, Guizhou, and Sichuan suffered once-in-a-hundred years severe droughts. The continuous droughts caused massive agricultural crop failure, with nearly a thousand small reservoirs and nearly ten thousand small ponds drying up, and 20.88 million people running out of drinking water…
Then, unimaginably, following the major droughts quickly came torrential rains and floods. In a blink of an eye, mountain villages became “isolated islands”, with land inundated by water everywhere before our eyes. From the Zhujiang River to the Changjiang [Yangtze] River 437 rivers throughout the country experienced flooding above warning levels. With the the areas that were flooded numerous, the length of flooding long, the damages and losses heavy, the injured and dead many, the social impact was the largest since 1998.
Facing severe natural disasters, under the Party and the government’s strong leadership, the entire country’s citizens urgently mobilized, sticking together through thick and thin, with amazing courage and strength, and seized major victories again and again in the fight against floods and droughts, composing song after song of earth-moving heroic songs.
Experts point out that our country may be entering a period where natural disasters will frequently occur. A string of natural disasters teaches us that we must uphold scientific development and protect the environment from which we depend upon for our survival in order to achieve harmony between man and nature.
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In Guimo Village of Qinglong Country of Guizhou Province, a Buyi minority girl is drinking water (March 4). Continued dry, hot weather caused a historically rare drought in Guizhou, with the people suffering serious water shortages and agricultural severely affected. Photo: Xinhua Reporter Liu Xu
At the Dege Haizi resevoir in Luliang County of Yunnan Province, a small dead fish caught in the cracks of dried mud (April 3). Photo: Xinhua reporter Qin Qing
In the Hani and Yi minority autonomous prefecture Yuanyang County of Yunnan Province, a Hani minority villager squats on the dried reservoir bed worrying (February 24). Photo: Xinhua reporter Chen Haining
Guimo Village of Qinglong County of Guizhou Province, a Buyi minority women is waiting to get water (March 4). Continued dry, hot weather caused a historically rare drought in Guizhou, with the people suffering serious water shortages and agricultural severely affected. Photo: Xinhua Reporter Liu Xu
Ding Chaoke and his daughter carry water on back to their home (March 7). They are villagers from Chahe Village located in Malu Town of Huize County in Qujing City of Yunnan Province, which has become a disaster area. The local villagers must climb over a mountain to reach a water source to get water. Xinhua reporter Qin Qing
In Haike Village of Awang Town in Kunming City of Yunnan Province, an elderly man sits besides a long "line" of water containers waiting for a water delivery truck to come deliver water (March 31). Photo: Xinhua
In Duan County of Guangxi Province, a village cadre escorts trapped students to safety (June 1). From 23:00 May 31 to the morning of June 1, Guangxi Province Duan Country experienced heavy rainfall, the county's rainfall reaching 329.4mm, with most of the villages and towns receiving 100mm of rainfall or above. Photo: Xinhua
Jiangxi Province Yujiang County, a city resident wades through chest-high flood water holding an umbrella (June 20). Heavy rainfall caused the Tahe River waters to overflow the banks, resulting in all four roads connecting Yujiang County in Jiangxi Province with the outside world being completely submerged underneath the floodwater. Photo: Xinhua reporter Zhou Mi
The Shiting River Bridge along the Deyang to Guanghan route of the Baoji-Chengdu rail line destroyed by floods (August 19). Photo: Xinhua reporter Jiang Hongjing
Torrential rains in Wuhuan, a city resident walks out from under an railway overpass (July 13). Photo: Xinhua
In Sichuan Province's Dazhou City county seat, a man rows forth on his an improvised "boat" (July 19). On July 16th, Sichuan Province's Dazhou City suffered torrential rains and flooding, the Qu River water level rising 24.8 meters, 9.31 meters beyond the warning level, with over 1/3 of the city submerged. Photo: Xinhua reporter Jiang Hongjing
Fujian police officers use boats to rescue trapped villagers from Baozhuang Village of Yuankeng Town in Fujian's Shunchang County (June 260. Photo: Xinhua reporter Jiang Kehong
A city resident of Sanya, Hainan wades through a flooded section of roadway (October 4). Photo: Xinhua
Firefighters brave the heavy downpour to relocate trapped people in Qionghai City of Hainan Province (October 5). Torrential rains nearly paralyzed city traffic in Qionghai City of Hainin Province. Photo: Xinhua
Zuoli Town farmers in Duchang County of Jiangxi Province rush to harvest early season rice that has been submerged by floods (July 24). Affected by torrential rains, Zuoli Town was seriously waterlogged, with 19,700mu of rice paddies flooded. Photo: Xinhua reporter Zhou Ke
A restaurant in Sanyu City of Hainan Island is closed due to its first floor being flooded by rainwater (October 4). Photo: Xinhua
Rescue workers in Shanggantang Village of Jiangyong County in Hunan Province rescue a pregnant woman in labor trapped by flood waters (May 14). Torrential rains caused a flood disaster in the historical Shanggantang Village of Jiangyong County. Photo: Xinhua
A portion of student test-takers and their parents in Xupu County of Hunan Province ride an excavator to relocate from the Chucai Middle School test site surrounded by flood waters to a back-up test site (June 8). Photo: Xinhua
A resident of Huaiyang County in Henan Province rides a moped through flood waters (July 19). From July 16 to the 19th, as a result of strong convective weather, large parts of Henan Province were subject to torrential rainstorms and high winds. Photo: Xinhua
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