Record rain has wreaked havoc in China’s central province of Henan. In which China intensified its emergency rescue and disaster relief efforts. Henan authorities said on Thursday that torrential rains have hit Henan province since last weekend, displacing hundreds of thousands of people and causing economic losses of 1.22 billion yuan (about $190 million).
disaster crisis in henan
Due to the torrential rains in Henan, the crisis of disaster is deepening. Henan is one of China’s most populous and poorest provinces, with a population of 99 million residents. There are a large number of farms and factories in Henan Province. About three million people have been affected by torrential rains in central China’s Henan province, with 33 dead and eight still missing, local officials said. Rainwater has damaged more than 215,200 hectares of crops, causing direct economic losses of about 1.22 billion yuan (about US$188.6 million). At present, the Ministry of Emergency Management (MEM) has deployed another team of 510 firefighters with expertise in water rescue to flood-affected areas from five provinces and cities, Xinhua news agency reported.
China increased disaster management steps
Henan and other areas have been badly affected by the floods. China’s State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters and MEM coordinated with the National Food and Strategic Reserve Administration and came forward to Henan flood control supplies to support local flood control and emergency rescue operations. Attack boats, life jackets, power generators and pumps were sent by China for flood disaster management.
The Headquarters also stressed upon making all possible efforts in flood control, emergency rescue and disaster relief to ensure the safety of people and property effectively.
China’s disaster management team worked with local authorities to send boats and bridges to rescue local villagers and visited the city of Dengfeng to inspect damage to homes and infrastructure, and personnel relocation and rehabilitation .
It urged the concerned local authorities to speed up drainage, address the problem of communication and transport disruptions, and allocate and distribute materials in the flood-affected areas to ensure basic livelihoods of the people affected by the disaster.