While parts of the world are experiencing devastating droughts and heat waves due to the climate crisis, China’s Henan Province, with a population of more than 100 million, is experiencing torrential rains and floods. The worst conditions were seen in the capital, Zhengzhou, with one local weather commentator describing it as “a storm that occurs once in a thousand years.”
No less than 25 people They died, including 12 trapped in a flooded subway. Hundreds of trains were stopped by the floods, leaving people with little choice but to wade (or swim) through the watery streets. Food shortages have also been reported across the province as Chinese authorities are deploying emergency workers.
Weather disasters are closely related to man-made climate change. The planet has already warmed 2.1 degrees Fahrenheit since 1880, According to NASAAnd that makes disasters worse. Wildfire seasons get longer. Hurricanes are getting bigger Wetter and more dangerous. heat waves increase Hotter, more frequent and longer lasting. Cause heavy rain More inland floods. and the cost of climate disasters Rises. Stopping this vicious cycle will require dramatically reducing our dependence on climate-polluting fossil fuels.
Here’s a look at the devastation caused by flood waters in China.