News from the New Tang Dynasty Television reported that the recent heavy rains in southern China had caused severe disasters. In Lipu, Guilin, Guangxi, the disaster-stricken people revealed that the government opened the dam floodgates warning, causing great loss of life and property. Many villages had cut off water and power supplies, houses collapsed and people were washed away, yet government claimed no casualties.
Multiple towns including Shuangjiang, Huajie, Maling, Yangshuo, Pingle in Lipu City, Guilin, Guangxi, suffered from huge floods last week due to consecutive days of heavy rain and the releasing of water from the upstream reservoir, Dajiang Reservoir, and the breaking of another smaller dam.
Ms. Chen, a disaster victim in Shuangjiang Town, which is located where two rivers meet, said: “The water in the reservoir was full and it flooded and we didn’t know about it. It was so scary: the maximum height of the flood was more than 3 meters. Lots of people were washed away, and there were so many dead, none of which were allowed to report. There are many cases where more than a dozen dead in one place. The older houses completely collapsed… Many elderly people are injured, some of them are in the hospital, and there has been no water or electricity since Jun 6…”
Mr. Wang, a disaster victim in Maling Town, criticized that this flood was not a natural disaster but man-made, because the government concealed information and did nothing.
He said: “Isn’t it man-made? The reservoir opened its gates without prior notice. Both sides of the river have been damaged! The houses have been flooded, collapsed, soaked. We have nowhere to go but to live in friends’ house. It was even worse in the village on the upstream, there were mudslides… the government said that there were no casualties only because the government pressed it down and did not report it. Even I know a few who were dead, one guy from our village, he died in his 20s, the flood pushed him away.”
Up to now, the floods have affected millions of people in eight provinces, including Jiangxi, Hunan, and Guangxi. However, the CCP’s official media did not report, and there were few coverages in the major web portal.
Opening dam gates without issuing warning is a common operation in the CCP-ruled China. In 2018, three reservoirs located at the upstream of Shouguang, Weifang, Shandong province opened dam gates on August 19, and the citizens of Shouyang got notice on the same day, who were unable to make timely preparations of relocation. During that time, Wechat blocked and deleted any messages or articles related to the event. Covering up the truth and silencing people might be the only thing that CCP and its mouthpieces are good at.