Precipitation tripled! What are the factors behind the series of major floods, tornadoes, and droughts? China is experiencing frequent catastrophes this year | FRIDAY DIGITAL

Precipitation tripled! What are the factors behind the series of major floods, tornadoes, and droughts? China is experiencing frequent catastrophes this year

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Huge Tornado Kills Five》In April, a huge tornado hit Guangdong Province in the south of China. Five people were killed and more than 30 injured when 141 factory buildings were damaged.

A city submerged by torrential rains, houses knocked down by a tornado, and buildings collapsed in a landslide. ……

The photos above show the devastation caused by this year’s catastrophes in China. In May alone, 4.46 million people were affected by natural disasters, with 23 dead or missing. In May alone, 4.46 million people were affected, with 23 dead or missing, and more than 12,000 buildings damaged, totaling 68.8 billion yen in damage.

In China, the number of natural disasters is increasing every year due to abnormal weather and global warming. Last year, 691 people were killed or missing in disasters, and the total damage for the year was about 7 trillion yen, nearly 13% more than the average for the previous five years. Droughts are most common in the north, while major floods are more frequent in the south. The southern province of Guangdong recorded three times the amount of precipitation than usual from April to June. The ground loosened and a highway collapsed 18 meters into the ground, killing and injuring more than 70 people,” said a local reporter for a national newspaper.

One surprising factor in the continuing series of catastrophes is the aspect of man-made disasters. Chinese journalist Zhou Laiyu says, “The rapid urbanization of the countryside has led to a number of natural disasters.

The rapid urbanization of the countryside has led to the continuous logging of trees, which has caused frequent landslides, and heavy rains have caused dams to break. In China, there is an ancient belief that man can conquer nature, and infrastructure development is carried out in a top-down manner. Even when the authorities make reckless urban plans, the private sector does not hesitate to question them, and the result is that major disasters are being triggered.

According to a report in the American journal Science, half of China’s urban areas are sinking at least 3.5 meters per year due to the weight of skyscrapers, which are being constructed at a rapid pace. The number of victims is likely to increase further as authorities underestimate the horrors of nature.

In January, a massive landslide in the southwestern province of Yunnan buried nearly 50 people alive and forced the evacuation of about 200 others.
In May, a massive sandstorm caused by yellow sand occurred in Gansu Province in the northwest of China. Traffic was severely disrupted as people could not see tens of meters ahead.
In May, the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in southern China experienced torrential rains said to be “once in a century. Water levels rose approximately 50 cm in the central city.
In January, a fog so thick that it was impossible to see one meter ahead occurred in the eastern province of Jiangsu. The skyscrapers in Nanjing seem to have sunk into the fog.

From the July 5 and 12, 2024 issue of FRIDAY

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