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China Floods: Deaths, Displacement & Climbing Food Prices

Posted by feww on June 20, 2011

China: Textbook Drought and Deluge

First came the crop-destroying drought, then the floods submerged everything

Extreme rains have inundated large parts of several provinces  in China affecting millions of people according to China’s official news agency.

Torrential rains have also triggered landslide destroying homes, roads, bridges, dykes, and other infrastructure, killing many people.

The official death toll for June  flooding stands at about 110, with 70 or so people missing. The actual figures may be several time as many.

Original Caption: Heavy rain continued to batter many parts of southern China on Saturday, causing flooding and a host of other problems in at least three provinces. Source: CNTV. Image may be subject to copyright.

The Drought

“The drought beginning from spring, the worst in 50 years in some regions, still affects 72.19 million mu (4.81 million hectares) of farmland nationwide. The extreme drought left 630,000 people short of drinking water in the five provinces in the middle and lower reaches of Yangtze River, Minister of Water Resources said.” Source

Climbing Food Prices

Food prices in China are forecast to surge by at least 14.2% analysts have said.

“The torrential rain has submerged much of the region’s vegetable farm land. Statistics from the agricultural department of Zhejiang Province show rainfall has reduced vegetable production by about 20 percent,” a report said.

Millions of people in Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Anhui, Jiangxi, Hubei, Hunan and Guangdong provinces have already been affected by the shortages.

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2 Responses to “China Floods: Deaths, Displacement & Climbing Food Prices”

  1. Ricardo said

    Most of the media and environmentalists point to global warming as a key concern but I see almost no articles recommending zero or negative population growth. Our economies are addicted to “economic growth” to which population growth is directly linked.

    Imagine a world where all nations adopt the past chinese dictum of one child per couple…what happens to our models of economic stability and progress? The popular environmentalists never beat the drum of negative population growth – because it is unpopular and no P.C. Until the hypocracy ends and we target a sustainable world population UNDER ONE BILLION the planet will continue to decay.

    The Club of Rome had it right when they penned The Limits to Growth and for 4 decades since we have ignored their warnings and continued to breed, consume, buy computers and iPhones and cars and flatscreen TV’s, discard last season’s fashions….

    The alternatives are 1) a world population under one billion with a comfortable lifestyle, or a population of 7 billion and growing living like cavemen when the ecosystems collapse and the resources run out.

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