China: every year flood disasters:
China, like hardly any other country in the world, has almost regularly suffered from catastrophic floods over the past centuries claiming sometimes the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. No year passed without a major flood. There have been flood disasters in the new millennium as well, but the consequences seem to have been less dramatic than previously.
China’s last devastating floods happened in 1998, when the Yangtze and Songhua Rivers kept whole regions in suspense for weeks on end. Today, rivers are still not spared from being constrained and urban areas from being sealed, but there were also great efforts in the past 20 years with respect to flood control and protection. Also, nature took a break in producing outrageous extremes – until 2016. Then, extraordinary flooding occurred again.