China's massive flooding

angelburst29

The Living Force
China has been hit with massive flooding in the last month or so. The catastrophic flooding with millions displaced has made me wonder "if" the Chinese Government were aware of the approaching "Earth Changes" and contemplated how it may affect their geological area, then started a comprehensive plan in building new infrastructure of "whole Cities" - over the last three decades - so large numbers affected by natural disasters could be safely relocated? The media has promoted these cities as "Chinas Ghost Cities"?


Typhoon floods Chinese stadium like a bathtub ( Photos)
http://www.cnbc.com/2016/07/08/typhoon-floods-chinese-stadium-like-a-bathtub.html?__source=yahoo%7Cfinance%7Cheadline%7Cheadline%7Cstory&par=yahoo&doc=103774436&yptr=yahoo

Friday, 8 Jul 2016 -
This picture taken on July 6, 2016 shows the flooded Xinhua Road Sports Centre Stadium in Wuhan, central China's Hubei province.

Southern and central China are drowning.

Since June 18, the regions have suffered their worst bout of flooding in a decade, furthered by a category 4 typhoon that hit the mainland after sweeping through Taiwan Friday morning, local time.

The storm has brought about 1 to 2 feet of rain in some regions, and gauges have measured winds as fast as 125 miles per hour, according to the Weather Channel.

Since flooding began, 186 people have been reported dead and 45 missing, according to figures reported by the BBC. About 1.4 million people have been evacuated from their homes.

The storm has reportedly weakened, but worries continue that more rain is headed for areas that are already under several inches of water.

Home to 10 million people, the city of Wuhan on the mainland is the most populous city in central China, notes an article in Quartz. It has already been underwater for weeks.


Over 200 Dead or Missing, Millions Homeless After Catastrophic Flooding Hits China, Pakistan
https://weather.com/news/weather/news/china-pakistan-heavy-rain-floods

Jul 7 2016 - (83 Photos - Video)
About 18 inches of rain fell in one Chinese town, triggering deadly floods.

Nearly 1.5 million people had to be evacuated from one Chinese province.

Catastrophic floods have likely taken more than 200 lives in China and Pakistan this weekend after days of heavy rain.

In Eastern China, 181 people are either dead or missing following a week of heavy downpours that broke levees, flooded cities and villages, halted public transportation.

A mudslide in Guizhou Province killed 23, state media told the BBC. Eight more people died in the city of Wuhan in Hubei Province when a section of a wall collapsed.

China Meteorological Administration said late Wednesday the city of Wuhan, which has 8 million residents and sits on the Yangtze river, had a record weekly rainfall of 22.6 inches. About 18 inches of rain fell in Macheng, China, in a four-day period ending 8 a.m. local time on July 4, said weather.com meteorologist Chris Dolce.

The rain collapsed more than 40,000 houses and forced the evacuation of nearly 1.5 million people in 11 regions, mostly along the Yangtze River and its distributaries, China.org.cn reports, and nearly 600,000 people are in urgent need of basic living assistance. In Wuhan alone, nearly 170,000 residents have been relocated, and more than 80,000 have been placed in shelters.Wuhan civil affairs officials told state media.

The rain has also destroyed more than 700,000 acres of crops, the Xinhua news agency reports. Floods and landslides are also affecting telecommunication and electricity facilities, halting or delaying traffic in some regions. The ministry estimated total economic losses of $5.73 billion.

China Meteorological Administration said late Wednesday the city of Wuhan, which has 8 million residents and sits on the Yangtze river, had a record weekly rainfall of 22.6 inches. About 18 inches of rain fell in Macheng, China, in a four-day period ending 8 a.m. local time on July 4, said weather.com meteorologist Chris Dolce.

The rain collapsed more than 40,000 houses and forced the evacuation of nearly 1.5 million people in 11 regions, mostly along the Yangtze River and its distributaries, China.org.cn reports, and nearly 600,000 people are in urgent need of basic living assistance. In Wuhan alone, nearly 170,000 residents have been relocated, and more than 80,000 have been placed in shelters. Wuhan civil affairs officials told state media.

The rain has also destroyed more than 700,000 acres of crops, the Xinhua news agency reports. Floods and landslides are also affecting telecommunication and electricity facilities, halting or delaying traffic in some regions. The ministry estimated total economic losses of $5.73 billion.


Chinas "Ghost Cities"
http://www.wired.com/2016/02/kai-caemmerer-unborn-cities/

The Kangbashi district of Ordos, China is a marvel of urban planning, 137-square miles of shining towers, futuristic architecture and pristine parks carved out of the grassland of Inner Mongolia. It is a thoroughly modern city, but for one thing: No one lives there.

Well, almost nobody. Kangbashi is one of hundreds of sparkling new cities sitting relatively empty throughout China, built by a government eager to urbanize the country but shunned by people unable to afford it or hesitant to leave the rural communities they know. Chicago photographer Kai Caemmerer visited Kangbashi and two other cities for his ongoing series Unborn Cities. The photos capture the eerie sensation of standing on a silent street surrounded by empty skyscrapers and public spaces devoid of life. “These cities felt slightly surreal and almost uncanny,” Caemmerer says, “which I think is a product of both the newness of these places and the relative lack of people within them.”

China has built hundreds of new cities over the last three decades as it reshapes itself into an urbanized nation with a plan to move 250 million rural inhabitants—more than six times the population of California—into cities by 2026. The newly minted cities help showcase the political accomplishments of local government officials, who reason that real estate and urban development is a safe, high-return investment that can help fuel economic growth.

But it’s hard to start a city from scratch. Most people don’t want to live somewhere that feels dead, and these new cities sometimes lack the jobs and commerce needed to support those who would live there.
In Kangbashi, the government used some administrative tricks to address this, relocating bureaucratic buildings and schools, then trying to convince people in surrounding villages to move in. It had minor success. Today, a city designed for at least 500,000 has around 100,000 inhabitants.

“Cities and districts built without demand or necessity resulted in what some Chinese scholars have termed, literally,’walls without markets’,” says William Hurst, political science professor at Northwestern University. “Or what we might translate as uncompleted or hollow cities. Political exigency and investment hysteria trumped economic calculus or consideration of genuine human needs.”

Caemmerer learned about these cities early last year after reading a slew of “almost sensationalist” articles that painted them as modern ghost towns. Fascinated, he decided to visit China and see them himself. He spent almost three months exploring three cities during two trips last spring and fall.

His first stop was the Yujiapu Financial District in the Binhai New Area, just outside Tainjin. Construction on the 1.5-square mile replica of Manhattan—complete with a Rockefeller center and twin towers—started in 2008 and will cost an estimated $30.4 billion. The immensity astonished Caemmerer. “There was a sense of vastness that surprised me,” he says.

From there he traveled south to Meixi Lake City. The development covers 4.3 square miles, encircles a manmade lake and is designed to one day house more than 180,000 people. The lake is lined with tidy paths and benches, and soft music emanates from speakers at all hours. Caemmerer saw many skyscrapers under construction, their skeletons wrapped in green scrim. Real estate agents scurried about, busily selling apartments in buildings soon to be completed. “I felt like I was walking into the future,” he says.

He wanted his photographs to reflect that. He’d wander the cities in the dim and eerie light before sunrise and after sunset, taking long exposures with his 4×5 film camera. In the final images, the buildings are so enormous that the edges of the photograph can’t contain them. They rise as strange concrete specters, displaced in time and lacking any sense of history. For now, the fate of most of them remains unknown. “I find that the images make me ponder the future,” Caemmerer says. “which, to me, is interesting because photographs are so commonly read as fragments of moments past.”
 
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