( 字幕：Seamoon )
A report from an official television channel, Hubei Sky has told us the CCP’s strategy in dealing with the present flood risk: ‘Keep safe during the monsoon, and reserve the water source during the drought.’ It sounds “so right”, as always.
It said, ‘in the last few days, there has been continuous heavy to stormy rain in northern and western Hubei Province, covering Wuhan, Xiangyang, Enshi, Shennongjia, Wanggang, Suizhou… cities along the middle course of the Yangtze River. The maximum precipitation has reached 92mm in Shennong Creek Scenic Area. From today, a rainstorm will reach southern and eastern Hubei which is along the lower course of the Yangtze River. The whole province is on full alert to ensure safety during the monsoon.’ Even the government can’t deny that the monsoon rains have over-filled the Yangtze and its tributaries, and flooding within a vast area of the province is imminent.
The report continued, ‘The water level in the river and branches has increased rapidly. Up until 8:00 am this morning, the water level of Honghu – one of the five biggest lakes in China has exceeded 86 cm above the flood warning level. 4 moderate-scaled and 379 small-scaled reservoirs have also reached levels above the flood warning threshold, primarily located in Xiangyang, Yichang, Xianning, Jingmen, and so on. At present, the leader of the reservoirs which are above the warning level is making the best effort to drain the water, and preserve the reservoirs.’ I want to know what red flag would have led to the implementation of draining the excess water from the reservoirs, including the Three George Dam? Is the Three Georges Dam, completed in 2006, not strong enough to retain the vast amount of water behind the monolithic steel and concrete wall? Do not forget, at the time it was claimed to be the largest hydroelectric dam in the world, with the ability to control the once in a century flooding?
Following the above report today, a few videos uploaded on Twitter by local people living in Hubei showed Yichang city (where the Three George Dam is built) submerged in water up to half the height of a car. The underground car park was flooded within a few minutes. Is the vast amount of flooding just a coincidence, or this is the result of the government’s ‘drain the water, preserve the reservoirs’ strategy? If so, then this strategy has resulted in flooding the entire conurbation within the lower stream basin. However, the lives of the population who live in the affected areas are under threat. I wonder what the CCP is going to do about protecting their “people”?