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Chongqing Baisha Town suffers unprecedented downpours

07-27-2012 19:10 BJT

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It’s not only Beijing that’s seen record flooding in recent weeks, other parts of China have had their fair share of rain too. Baisha Town, in the southwestern city of Chongqing, suffered unprecedented downpours earlier this week, causing a huge amount of damage. The flooding has receded, but local people there still face many challenges.

Sitting as it does on the banks of the Yangtze River, the town of Baisha is used to summer flooding. But no one expected what happened this year, large areas of the town were submerged for three days. Han Fulin owns a steel pipe business, he described the scene he found at his company after the waters receded.

Han Fulin, Baisha business owner, said, "The sludge was as high as my waist. The furniture and TV were washed away, and the electrical equipment is broken. It took me and 6 other workers 10 hours to clean up the mess."

Fu Guanghua, meanwhile, owns a grocery store that he and his family depend on. He still can’t access the place.

Fu Guanghua, Baisha business owner, said, "At least 50,000 RMB worth of goods were washed away. This is a big loss for me and is a big hit for my life and business. But I have to face this reality and try not to let it bring me down. I hope that the government can help me recover."

Meanwhile, temperatures have risen to over 35 degrees Celsius, and that’s bringing new challenges.

Li Xue, Secretary of Baisha Town Government, said, "Cleaning up the sludge, and disease prevention are our priority now. Over a dozen diggers and 400 crew members are working around the clock on clean up. Hopefully we will get this done by the weekend. Epidemic-fighting measures are also being carried out by three medical stations, as well as mobile teams."

Whatever the steps, though, it’s clear that picking up the pieces won’t be easy.

This place used to be the biggest timber market of Baisha Town, but nothing is left here after the flood. This broken machine is the only evidence that the market existed before. Tidying up the mess is just the first step for the locals to bring their lives and business back on track.

Baisha Town, in the southwestern city of Chongqing, suffers unprecedented
downpours, causing a huge amount of damage.

Baisha Town, in the southwestern city of Chongqing, suffers unprecedented
downpours, causing a huge amount of damage.

Editor:Wang Chuhan |Source: CCTV.com

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