Central and southern regions of China have seen flooding in Biblical proportions in recent weeks due to changing weather patterns. The Yangtzee River flooding is the worst Chinese residents have seen in 30 years.
The city of Qianjiang in the central province of Hubei became the first city to issue a Level I flood response alert on Monday after roads and farmland were inundated, according to a report from Reuters.
The Chinese government’s four-tiered scale has seen the flood control response level raised from Level IV to Level III as more than 13,000 emergency rescue staff have been deployed to respond to the floods.
While the world has focused on the torrential rains and the subsequent rising flood waters, top Chinese officials have quietly disappeared from the scene and their whereabouts are now being questioned.
Chinese Premier Li Kequiang went to Guizhou on July 6 and 7 allegedly to “investigate poverty alleviation and flood prevention and resettlement,” according to the Epoch Times Cross Roads program.
Critics have questioned the move as Guizhou is not one of the major disaster zones. Li’s investigative reports were noted on social media; however, few official government reports are available.
In a country where disaster response would more than likely be used in national propaganda, the silence of the news agencies is seen as a downplaying of the whereabouts of Li. The same speculations are being made about the whereabouts of Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China and paramount leader of China.
According to reporting from the state-run CCTV, Xi Ji Ping did not show up at any of the disaster areas Xi’s last public appearance was on June 30th at the Central Political Bureau, according to Crossroads with Joshua Phillips YouTube video. Critics speculate that Xi is trying to avoid Beijing and the new corona virus outbreaks.
While Chairman Xi has not been present on the world stage, he has reportedly been taking major steps to strengthen control over the CCP’s military, People’s Liberation Army. Xi’s positioning for political security amid party infighting have also been seen as reasons that Xi is concealing his whereabouts.
A few hundred military vehicles have been showing up in Wuhan, which has been hit by severe floods. The intent of the military vehicles is not known, but many speculate that they were deployed to protect Wuhan for unspecified reasons.
The country’s death toll rises with the water levels as more than 140 deaths have been reported. With the collapse of the Three Gorges Dam, 38 million people have been evacuated from one of the hardest hit areas, Hubel province. The Chinese province also accounted for more than 80% of China’s corona virus cases, according to Breaking Israel News.
Local residents in Yichang City, China suspect that a severe flood that has struck their city was caused by a failure from the nearby Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest power station in terms of installed capacity since 2012.
Dismissing rumors that the dam is in danger of collapse, Chinese experts note that the reservoir’s water level exceeded the flood control line.
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