Floods are said to be the most common natural disaster to afflict mankind, and China has suffered many, including perhaps the deadliest natural disaster in history. (See my blog of June 20.)
Now a week of heavy rain has brought the deaths of at least 57 people and driven a million from their homes. The flooding in Sichuan is the worst since records began in 1847, and the provinces of Henan and Shaanxi have also been hit.
More than 120,000 houses have been destroyed, along with many crops. Many of those who died were in a brick factory and the dormitory for its workers that were buried by a landslide in the city of Xi’an.
Last year’s floods were the worst in China for a decade, and cost 4,000 lives, while so far this year more than 350 people have been killed in 12 provinces.