A Flood Of Anger Washes Over: Kill the poor to protect the rich, in China

It’s not just the Russian regime that shows no concern for the lives of people living in the country.  In many ways, the Chinese regime is worse because of its stranglehold on the media, social media, and society.  It silences any reporting inside its “great firewall”.

A few days ago, many small cities, towns, and villiages in China were washed away, homes destroyed, crops ruined.  Over a million people have been displaced, and untold numbers of people have died.  In many of those villages, people of working age move to the bigger cities for work, leaving children and the elderly behind, the people least able to contend with or survive a wall of water.

The Corrupt Criminal Psychopaths (CCP) have told the media to falsely report these as “floods”.  A flood infers a natural event, too much rain from a typhoon.  And even if a dam burst, it could still be labelled as a flood.   But this wasn’t a flood, and the capitalist corporate media initially parroted the CCP’s line:

More than a million displaced and dozens dead after record rain drenches northeastern China

More than a million people have been forced from their homes by the remnants of a storm in China’s northeastern Hebei province, according to state media, as officials warned it could take a month for the waters to recede in some areas.

Typhoon Doksuri slammed into southeastern China’s Fujian province on July 28 before weakening and making its way north.

The rains that followed soaked Hebei, a province of 75 million, and the neighboring cities of Beijing and Tianjin. Flooding in those regions stranded residents, washed away bridges and highways, killing about 30 people in total, according to Chinese authorities.

“Thirty deaths”.  Yeah, that’s about as believable as China’s reported Covid-19 death toll.

A couple of youtube channels I watch on China have said differently about this.  They reported the “floods” as deliberate releases, directing the excess water to places with smaller populations. Unfortunately, some of them don’t cite their sources, so they can’t be treated as “news”, even though they get a lot of facts right.

Now there is a verified source for the story.  Reuters reports that the smaller municipalities were deliberately sacrificed to save the capital.  These people were left to die and fend for themselves.  Reuters doesn’t mention when the water releases started, but the unverified source mentioned above says the decision was made at 2am.

While people were asleep in their homes.  That’s how 300,000 people died in Thailand and Indonesia in 2004, because the 8.9 earthquake happened at 8am on a Sunday morning, while everyone was asleep.  If the numbers aren’t covered up, I expect the actual number of missing to be much higher.

China floodwater diversions to populated areas unleash wave of online anger

Nearly 1 million people in China’s northern Hebei province were relocated after record rains forced authorities to channel water from swollen rivers to some populated areas for storage, sparking anger online over the homes sacrificed to save Beijing.

The vast Hai River basin covers an area the size of Poland that includes Hebei, Beijing, Tianjin. Over a span of one week from late July, the region with a population totalling 110 million experienced its most serious flooding in six decades, with Hebei, particularly Baoding prefecture, the worst hit.

According to flood control laws, when basin-wide flooding causes reservoirs, the first line of defence, to exceed their limits, water may be temporarily channelled to so-called “flood storage areas” – including low-lying populated land.

On July 31, Hebei province opened seven of its 13 designated flood storage areas, including two in the city of Zhuozhou in Baoding south of Beijing and north of Xiongan, a zone President Xi Jinping aims to develop into an economic powerhouse serving Hebei, Beijing and Tianjin.

On Aug. 1, Hebei’s Communist Party Secretary Ni Yuefeng called Xiongan a top priority for the province’s flood prevention work, according to local state media.

On his visit to flood storage areas in Baoding, Ni added that it was necessary to reduce the pressure on Beijing’s flood control and create a “moat” for the Chinese capital.

“Beijing should foot the bill”, wrote a netizen on the popular Chinese microblog Weibo.

In other posts on Zhuozhou, netizens said residents weren’t aware they lived in a flood storage area and the rights of the minority had been sacrificed.

“I’d like to know, among all the people living in flood storage areas across the country, how many of them know they are living in such areas?” one angry netizen asked.


  1. JM says

    The weird thing is that the government could have done this as a public order without too much trouble. The case that sacrificing some small villages and towns rather then flood Beijing is not hard. Beijing city has a population of 21 million compared to the million or so displaced from villages. For some reason the government thought it had to do this secretly, flooding areas with little or no warning. The government began redirecting the water without telling anybody. There are reports of security forces punching holes in dykes without explaining why. Everything was kept secret so long that the evacuations were desperate and people had to leave much of what they had behind.
    The whole thing feels like an authoritarian government so used to doing things without telling the population or explaining why that it didn’t occur to them that they could.