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Yuyao Flood Disaster Worst in History of PRC, and Looting

Yuyao Chinese residents on a make-shift boat .

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.

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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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