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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