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New life after record flood in Chongqing

07-26-2012 14:24 BJT

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The southwestern city Chongqing saw a record flood earlier this week.

A busy day for the residents of Baisha Town, a record-breaking flood swamped the town this Tuesday. Life and business are no longer the same as before.

A resident said, "My daughter opened a stationary shop here, and it was completely inundated when the flood hit the town. She's lost at least 30,000 RMB."

The people don't just sit and weep for their losses. When the water receded, locals come back to tidy up the mess and rebuild what they call home. Getting the sludge and rubbish out of the way is the priority.

The southwestern city Chongqing saw a record flood earlier this week.

Another resident said, “My mobile shop lost over 200,000 RMB. It will take us a while to recover, and I hope that everything will back on track in one month.”

Central area of Baisha is still inundated, and I decide to discover how it looks like after the flood. I can't board the lifeboat straightaway and have to get on a truck like this first. There are five lifeboats in Baisha Town now. The rescue team has been using them to evacuate all the residents before the flood peak passed the town. This area is the busiest high street of the town, and over 20,000 people lived here. Now everything is submerged by the deep water.

Despite the danger, many have come back to their property to check their belongings. And the rescue team just found a man who was trapped when he came to check his shop.

The southwestern city Chongqing saw a record flood earlier this week.

Yang Hua, Rescue Team Leader, said, "We cruise day and night to check the security situation. I am really proud that no one got killed or injured in this flood."

Facing the damage, the locals have shown their determination to not let it destroy their lives

One resident said, "I felt sad when I saw my grocery shop was inundated, I just opened it earlier this year and it cost me two year’s saving. But I will make it work again."

And the spirit has encouraged Zhou Tao to work harder.

Zhou Tao, Deputy Leader of Flood Control Authority, said, "It is the third day we've had our meals on the lifeboat. Even we work 15 hours a day, it will still take a while to recover fully. We are putting in 120 percent effort now."

Zhou Tao told me that the waterline is expected to lower to the ground flood in two or three days. And the electricity and water supply will be restarted very soon.

This flood is the worst in a century for Baisha Town. It is a miracle that all the residents were evacuated in time and no one was killed by this natural disaster. Now the locals are working hard to bring life back to normal.

The southwestern city Chongqing saw a record flood earlier this week.

 

Editor:Bai Yang |Source: CNTV.CN

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