When I visited Beijing in January the city had been experiencing a long period of very dry weather, and at that time there had been no snow despite sub-zero temperatures. Snow finally fell on 10 February, breaking the longest snow-free winter for 60 years. Beijing woke up to white on Saturday as snow fell for the third time this year. Despite being bigger than the previous snowfalls, the accumulated depth is still smaller. Find out more in the CNTV news item Beijing sees biggest snow this year.
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Winter sees many of China’s spectacular mountains take on added majesty with mist shrouded peaks dusted in snow. Read about the winter beauty of Emei, Lushan and Huangshan mountains in the Shenzhen Daily article The charm of mountains in winter.
113 million people have been affected by severe flooding across China over the past few months, especially those living along the Yangtze River. The State Flood Control authorities say 27 provinces and municipalities have been affected. 8 million people have been forced to leave their homes. Floods have inundated 7 million hectares of farmland. Direct economic losses total more than 140 billion yuan. Since the beginning of April, when the flood season started, more than 230 rivers have passed warning levels. Read more in this CCTV9 Special Feature.
Some areas along the Yangtze River have experienced the worst flooding in 30 years, where the Three Gorges Dam, the country’s largest, is offering a buffer as it blocks more than 40 percent of upstream water. “Compared to 1998, the biggest difference is the Three Gorges Dam. Without it, thousands of soldiers and rescuers would have been needed to fight the floods,” said Yuan Jie, director of the Three Gorges Cascade Dispatching Center of China Three Gorges Cooperation. To find out how the Three Gorges Dam helps to alleviate the devastating Yangtze River floods read the summary article or watch the full video of the State Council press conference on floods.
Hopefully the rains can ease soon and bring relief to the many people who have been affected.
Heavy rain has been battering China’s Yunnan, Jiangxi, Fujian and Guangdong Provinces and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Large numbers of people have been impacted with 379 killed and many more evacuated from their flooded homes and direct economic losses of 82.4 billion yuan, as shown in this CCTV9 Special Report. I send my condolences and thoughts to everyone who has been affected.