Yuyao Flood Disaster Worst in History of PRC, and Looting

Yuyao city in Ningbo, Zhejiang province of China, where over 70% of the city is flooded.

From NetEase:

70% of Zhejiang Yuyao Urban Area Flooded

2013 October 8 news, Zhejiang Yuyao. After Typhoon Fitow passed and as the people began checking the urban area’s flooded areas, Yuyuao’s residents discovered that the entire city has been surrounded by the flood, where not a single road escaped [the floods] Municipal Committee Party Secretary Mao Hongfang claims Typhoon Fitow brought Yuyao its largest amount of precipitation over 24 hours since the founding of the New China, causing secondary disasters in the small river basin.

Yuyao city in Ningbo, Zhejiang province of China, where over 70% of the city is flooded.

Yuyao city in Ningbo, Zhejiang province of China, where over 70% of the city is flooded.

Yuyao Chinese residents on a make-shift boat .

Yuyao city in Ningbo, Zhejiang province of China, where over 70% of the city is flooded.

A Chinese man uses his umbrella as a boat for a dog in flooded Yuyao, China.

Police motorcycles nearly submerged by flood waters in Yuyao, China.

Yuyao city in Ningbo, Zhejiang province of China, where over 70% of the city is flooded.

From Sina Weibo:

#Yuyao Jiayou#

Zhejiang Yuyao has suffered the worst rain disaster since the founding of the country, with over 70% of the city submerged. Since the disaster, various parties have all been paying attention to the disaster response, with the people of Yuyao also helping each other and themselves, together responding to the disaster! Weibo watches the Yuyao crisis, so let’s lend our support to Yuyao! To Zhejiang! Let us all take action together!

This #hashtag claims over 1.7m discussions on China’s popular microblogging platform Sina Weibo. There is also a trending topic with the same name…

From Sina Weibo:

@央视新闻 Stay Strong, Prayers: Sever flooding, traffic paralyzed, dikes in trouble, no water or electricity, food shortages… Since [Typhoon] “Fitow” landed, it has been continuous torrential rains, and Zhejiang Yuyao has suffered the worst flooding disaster since the founding of the New China [PRC]. The disaster continues and Yuyao is in a state of emergency! Stay strong, Yuyao! Be safe, Yuyao! Tonight, let’s say a prayer for Yuyao!

A heart formed with two hands.

The above microblog post by state broadcaster CCTV has been reshared/forwarded over 60k times and has over 20k comments, making it the #1 post under the 余姚加油 “Yuyao Jiayou” trending topic.

From Sina Weibo:

@人民日报: Yuyao Emergency! Breached Levees Still Not Sealed After 5 Hours of Emergency Efforts: At present, Hangzhou, Huzhou, Jiaxing, Ningbo, and similar cities are suffering extremely severe flooding. A breach occurred at the Yuyao Fengshan Street section levee, and over 100 Navy and armed police have already spent 5 continuous hours on emergency efforts but the breach has yet to be sealed. From 8pm on the 6th till 8pm on the 7th, the single-day amount of 150mm of rainfall in a single day brought to Zhejiang by “Fitow” broke the record for amount of rainfall in a single day since records were kept. http://t.cn/zRUMHSq

Yuyao city in Ningbo, Zhejiang province of China, where over 70% of the city is flooded.

With over 50k reshares/forwards and 13k comments, the above microblog post by state news media The People’s Daily is the second most popular post under the same trending topic.

From NetEase:

Clash Between Volunteer and Resident in Zhejiang Yuyao, Supplies Suffer Looting

October 9th, on a Fengshan county street in Yuyao, Ningbo of Zhejiang province, a volunteer was distributing disaster supplies but before he could, someone in the crowd said, “They’re only distributing to locals, not to waidiren [non-locals]”. A waidi male and the volunteer had a physical altercation, overturning the small boat filed with goods, and around 20 boxes of Little Angel brand rice crackers were looted by residents. Under protection by the militia, volunteers once again transported around 50 boxes of Little Angel brand rice crackers, distributing the to the people in the disaster area.

Scene of looting of supplies in Yuyao, Zhejiang, the site of severe flooding caused by Typhoon Fitow.

Scene of looting of supplies in Yuyao, Zhejiang, the site of severe flooding caused by Typhoon Fitow.

Scene of looting of supplies in Yuyao, Zhejiang, the site of severe flooding caused by Typhoon Fitow.

Scene of looting of supplies in Yuyao, Zhejiang, the site of severe flooding caused by Typhoon Fitow.

Scene of looting of supplies in Yuyao, Zhejiang, the site of severe flooding caused by Typhoon Fitow.

Scene of looting of supplies in Yuyao, Zhejiang, the site of severe flooding caused by Typhoon Fitow.

Scene of looting of supplies in Yuyao, Zhejiang, the site of severe flooding caused by Typhoon Fitow.

Scene of looting of supplies in Yuyao, Zhejiang, the site of severe flooding caused by Typhoon Fitow.

Comments from NetEase:

网易北京市网友 ip:58.83.*.*:

Their consciences have all been fed to the dogs [no consciences].

翻墙者说 [网易广东省广州市手机网友]: (responding to above)

[When people are] extremely hungry, even killing people is normal! Don’t just look at one side! Just blame the relevant government departments for not timely distributing goods/supplies.

网易北京市手机网友 ip:111.206.*.*:

What’s going on? Disaster relief volunteers have to suffer being beaten? Is there any justice in the world anymore? Can we consider arresting the assailants?

一笑千秋 [网易上海市闵行区手机网友]:

Severely punish this animal.

网易北京市网友 ip:111.199.*.*:

So on the distribution of goods, is there actually any discrimination against “waidiren“? The report doesn’t make this clear either. Looking at the report, it suggests that “not distributing to waidiren” was an excuse in order to loot the goods?

减肥教你减肥百度搜瞿英萱 [网易北京市网友]:

Good effort/deed, but you used it in the wrong place, [where people have] no consciences.

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  • xuedi

    … floating here on my sofa …

  • 剑胆琴心

    still after traveled so many places, houses in my hometown look great! also house in Dali very pretty!
    maybe this guy was just so offended and impatient hot temper.if i were him heard things like this i would get mad too.

  • maybeabanana

    Anyone affected/ in the affected area… should receive assistance. Some buffoon shouted one thing and the ‘waidiren” attacks? Should the volunteer confirm that message or get himself in a stupid fight.

    • Warlock

      Herd mentality, the usual way, one reason you don’t want to be a lone person in a fight here. Sadly, communication and ethics work arse backwards. A strong case of “qing yuan ra ping”.

    • lonetrey / Dan

      I found it ridiculous too. I was guessing that they were some rural townsfolk (shows how much I know about Chinese cities >_> ) and were starving, but then after getting my facts straight it seems ridiculous!

      • linette lee

        But the guy was saying the volunteer only distribute the foods to the locals and not waidiren. Waidiren means migrant workers? That is not nice. They are hungry too. How can they not give them food also? I hope the second supply they are more organize with police help and distribute to all the victims of the flood.

        • lonetrey / Dan

          I think that’s the point that the article was trying to make.

          The guy saying that had no proof that there was discrimination, at least none that was presented properly. All they did was madly rush for the food that was also being given to equally flooded/starving people.

          • linette lee

            They must be so hungry. But still need to be in order.
            I don’t have any emergency supplies in my own home. God forbid if natural disaster hit where I live I will die. No foods and no water.

          • David

            I don’t want to sound racist or rude but getting mainland Chinese people to stand in line and wait their turn when they are at a McDonald’s is almost impossible. Asking them to do it when they are flooded and hungry/worried about their families is just not going to happen without armed escorts.

    • slob

      It’s not like the fat fucking bastard needs rice crackers. Looks like he could do with a few days without food.
      And that finger pointing…fucking argh.

      • Warlock

        Like a bunch of baboons arguing, your right the fat git could do without grub for a couple of days.

  • OR PICK A NAME

    I like the girl’s legs with pink cloth.

    • Probotector

      Me too.

    • Middle_Kingdum

      She is very cute, certainly.

  • Probotector

    Chinese get so pissed off…

    • jin

      Probot from pretty much all your comments are Chinese bashing/hating.
      It seems that you hate the chinese and the country, but yet youre a “english teacher” in China. it seems that the chinese dont treat you well, well maybe you should change your attitute to them first? and then expect something?

      • Probotector

        How self-righteous. Don’t try to twist my criticism of China as being an issue of insecurity, or some crap like that. My comments are only a reaction to what I see. It’s not my fault there’s so much harsh negative shit going on in China. Perhaps if they cleaned up their act a bit, I wouldn’t have so much to say that’s critical.

        • jin

          Learn what criticism is and look back to your comments. And youre a teacher?

          • Probotector

            Aw, how patronisingly witty. Aren’t you a clever one. Learn what trolling is, then fuck off.

        • jin

          But it is your issue of insecurity, remember the convo you had with the mod? I saw alot of emotional sentences, felt like you would almosy cry. Did you even really try to understand them? Different culture, different upbringings, crappy government, had no electricity 50years ago? Old fashioned brainwashed old people? Do you notice any difference between the 20y olds and 60y olds? China is changing and having insecure people like you hating on them wont change a thing except making yourself feel more miserable.

          • Probotector

            You come off as a typical western liberal who cannot tolerate anyone’s criticism of another culture. Tell me then, am I a racist too? Do you wish death upon me then?

            China is place that is largely negative towards foreigners. Yes, I tried to understand them, and most people threw it in my face. You obviously have no clue what Chinese people’s real attitudes towards foreigners are.

            There’s no point to really arguing this, because you’re just going to keep telling me it’s my fault. We’ll never get through to each other, so why bother?

            Btw, most people upvote what I have to say.

          • tootledoo

            Kai’s a fucking obnoxious blowhard

      • Warlock

        maybe you should change your attitute to them first? and then expect something?

        foolish snivelling advice from a GW or a member of the wumao brigade. Far too many weasels on these boards lately!!!!

  • Probotector

    “If you won’t give it to me, then no one can have it! Aaagh!!”

  • Dax

    Okay, the dog floating in the umbrella is adorable.

    • lonetrey / Dan

      got an “awwwww” moment from me XD

    • slob

      I think it’s part of the relief supplies

  • YourSupremeCommander

    The last set of photos, what’s that all about? And no I am not wasting my time reading first.

    • Warlock

      My thoughts exactly, what a harmonious (sic) scene…..

    • rollin wit 9’s

      is your pic from mini ninjas? Reminds me of the bad guys in that game.

  • Warlock

    The last few pictures are disgusting. Just like a pack of monkeys arguing over their pissing territory, I feel sorry for the poor bloke with the bike/trailer combo.

    • jin

      what is so disgusting about it? When you have nothing to eat for 2 days and have starving family at home, would you or would you not fight over food?

      • Warlock

        I could understand if it was bags of rice, but it is rice crackers. And rules are rules. When you behave like a barbarian, you become a barbarian. If everyone did what they wanted, anytime they wanted, where would the world be. This is the same mentality with chinese people in the UK taking lots of the free newspapers, even though it is only meant to be one per person, and calling us foreigners in our own country and stupid. Again, “qing ruan ya ping”

        • Probotector

          They really take more than one free newspaper? You mean the London Lite and the Metro? I’m glad I never saw that when I was there.

          • Warlock

            The Metro. They think free equals take as many as I like. I have heard in america from those self vending newspaper things on the street, they just take, and not pay.

        • jin

          Rice craker, rice, bread….. are all food arent they? When you and your family starve for 2 days, wouldnt you want to get food for them? This behavior is human so dont call them monkeys.

          • Probotector

            So it’s human to overturn a boat full of supplies in anger is it? Now those supplies are ruined and no one can use them. Yeah, that was smart. However, I guess if I tried to ‘understand them’, I could accept it, because we’re just all miserable old haters commenting here aren’t we; hating on poor innocent China.

            Bring a mop with you next time, your bleeding heart is really making a mess.

          • Warlock

            Fighting over food not intended for them is barbaric and primitive and selfish.

  • I hope the people affected can overcome this together.So Sad.

  • vonskippy

    So apparently copying other countries Civil Engineering is NOT the same as understanding how to actual do Civil Engineering – who’d a thunk it.

  • Germandude

    One can only imagine the smell around the flooded areas.

    • Nessquick Choco

      Like a wet dog …

  • Kiwi

    Over rice cakes? what a deprived country

    • Mop

      Rice cakes? I read it as rice cookers for some reason.
      … Makes a whole lot of sense now.

    • jin

      would you fight over some cookies when you have nothing to eat for 2 days??? what a deprived Kiwi

      • Kiwi

        Please do not sully my name

  • lonetrey / Dan

    To be fair, if I was starving I’d loot volunteer food too.
    But it’s unfair to assume if they were or weren’t starving.

    It’s hard to say what you would do if you were them.
    Judging from photos, they don’t seem like the place to have
    a Costco or Walmart around them where there is tons of food.

    edit: MY MISTAKE! Their city has approx. 20 times my town’s population! O_O
    They definitely have some supermarket or something! Why the heck are they looting the volunteer food then?! >:[[[[[[[[

    • Germandude

      It’s free. First come, first served.

      • lonetrey / Dan

        It’s free, but distribution has an order, doesn’t it? :/

        • Repatriated

          Haha. Order in China….

          1. volunteer’s family
          2. volunteer’s friends
          3. people volunteer wants to build guanxi with
          4. everyone else

    • Nicola Collina

      70% of city was flooded. impossible for several thousands of people move or be reached in short time by supplies…

      • lonetrey / Dan

        Oh, so it’s more of a matter of logistics rather than supply then? That makes sense… hmm, is it one of those “Hurricane Katrina” fiascos?

        I remember a lot of anger towards the slow response time when Hurricane Katrina hit USA and people needed help/aid :(

        • Nicola Collina

          i am not inside the deep flooded area, but from “first hand info” seems that the situation was not immediatley recognized as so bad from officials.

          So the organized supplying action started with some hours of delay and at first has to be managed by single volunteer without any coordination and experience.

          So probably these 2 aspects create some misunderstanding, clash and sure a lot of angry locals that maybe get info about supply distribution to some people/areas instead more flooded or bad ones.

  • Nicola Collina

    i am almost local (Ningbo..). All my surrond were flooded and till now around my workplace is still full of water, even if rain stopped tuesday…..
    The angriness on my wechat is really high because of initially low coverage of CCTV about the disaster.
    The most common thiniking of 99.999% of Ningbo people is, in order:
    – Zhejiang is rich province and big taxpayer.. why no coverage?
    – Zhejiang raised lot of money in fund raising for sichuan and other disaster.. why now nobody care?
    and other things, obviously all money/face related (is still china..even below 2 meters of water…)

    I have to say that water took many days to go down and some people when they started distribuition of food were 2 days without power and probably with no food if they were on lower floor. So i can understand singles episodes of fight and discussions.
    I don’t blame too much and i can understand misunderstading or everything.
    Some people i know cannot go out from home for at least 48 or more hours. And with 70% of city flooded very few supermarket can still keep godds and/or are easy to be reached.

    What i said to everyone is: stop think about money, zhejiang face etc!! ZJ is rich and strong province so is able to raise up by itself with local people effort and local; governement effort (i’ve heard local governement set a huge amount of money for deal with emergency). Don’t point finger against other province, as always (in ZJ is easy find people speak bad about sichuan and other province..)

    • linette lee

      I hope you and your family are alright. Very sorry to hear this.

      • Nicola Collina

        thanks!. here is fine.

        Ningbo downtown suffer much lees then Yuyao. not more then half meter of water in worse case. 20/30 cm average.. Luckly my building and surrounding areas are little higher then rest of city and kept dry at all or flooded zones can be avoided. I can move easly around, buy food and everything. even my car ok.
        But north area (yuyao), was really really bad. some place have all 1st floor totally flooded.. means at least 2 meters…

        Anyway till now in Ningbo school are closed and some road still flooded, but Ningo city is almost back to normal life..Yuyao district need some days more to let all water down…

    • Warlock

      Time to upgrade the storm drains, lived in zhejiang for years, the streets would always be flooded come the typhoon season.

      • Nicola Collina

        you are right, but have you ever tried watch/dig by yourself a hole? immediately find water and mud.. these area is a floating area. is unbelievabl how, even in dry season, water is just beside your feet.

        So i think is also a problem that is not easy to solve on large scale.

        • Warlock

          Hangzhou was flooded also. The problem is how to solve the drainage, where there is a will. Hope you are ok anyway/

        • David

          I hope you stay safe and get relief soon.

          • Nicola Collina

            is ok, ningbo less flooded then Yuyao and my area was dry all time. thank you

    • rollin wit 9’s

      lack of coverage because as one laowai once told me. ‘china is invincible; nothing bad can ever happen to the country or gov’

  • Rick in China

    The little boat story is amusing.

  • Cauffiel

    Wow, China is really obsessed with who came from where.

  • rollin wit 9’s

    Could you imagine falling in a manhole in a situation like that then swimming back up trying to find that hole u fell thru.

  • David S.

    Worst flood disaster in the history of the PRC? So typhoon Nina and the dam failures of 1975 do not count as flood disaster?

    I find that a little surprising.

    • shah8

      Nevermind Bilis and Morakot…

    • TJDubs

      The typhoon Nina flooding was due to partly to human error (i.e. shabby engineering), and to point this out would bring much shame to the nation, whereas the flooding in Yuyao can be attributed to wholly natural causes. It’s better to play down the man-made disasters when possible.

      If there’s one kind of engineering they do with any amount of rigor, though, it’s face engineering.

  • Nicola Collina

    i got info from my weixin about a big clash with police this evening.(also pictures…)..despite a big coverage of the flood from zhejiang and ningbo television, tonight a nbtv (ningbo tv) reporter live from yuyao said that water level is almost normal now. But some areas of yuyao still flooded. So a crow reach the place where the reporter was shooting the live report and attack him. Few policemen come and people damage several police cars.. i don’t know if renforce from antiriot people were deplyed or not.. Anyway is really important to notice how locals people care about coverage of the event… still many complaining that central governement and all china don’t care about this flood..

  • al in china

    Because Zhejiang is rich your Chinese dogs are jealous! Such a loving country I have never imagined. Dogs that bite, pigs that piss, spit and shit on the ground. Parents that sell their kids to beaggars, parents that let grandparants raise there kids with cultural revolution ideology, parents that have kids not because they want to but because they must, parents that never have any time to spend with their kids because they need more money! China is truly the Heavenly Kingdom! Rest in Peace

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