This year, the Chinese media controlled by the Communist Party has not been very vocal about the severe floodings in China devastating over eight million people. Some experts even sent warnings about the Three Gorges Dam on social media. To make matters worse, heavy rain is in the forecast through Thursday.
The Chinese netizens shared an “unofficial” warning 150K times sent by a renowned structural engineer Huang Xiaokun asking people to flee their homes if they live downstream from the city of Yichang. Their posts on social media were not censored, making people wonder if the CCP wanted people to worry about the dam.
From CCP Media:
The National Meteorological Center issued a yellow alert for heavy rain on Sunday, as a burst of heavy rain is forecast to hit most parts of southern and eastern parts of China from Sunday to Thursday, which also will increase the risk of disasters.
The center estimated that this round of rain will batter more than 10 regions consecutively, including the provinces of Guizhou, Anhui, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, and Zhejiang and the municipalities of Chongqing and Shanghai.
In these areas, precipitation can reach 100 millimeters at the lowest and up to 550 mm, which will produce high risks of disasters, such as torrential floods in Guizhou, Hunan, Hubei, Jiangxi and Anhui provinces and Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region.
The yellow alert is the third highest in the ranking. Experts warned that outdoor electricity should be cut and outdoor operations should be suspended. Authorities should take steps to prevent floods, landslides and mud-rock flows.
Source: China Daily