Stories that scream disaster often ignore the good part of the story.
And todays’ unreported “good” story is that the Yangtze has had one of it’s periodic floods, and onlyÂ a handful of people died..
“Good” Story? Well, you have to put it into perspective.
For example, everyone in the world knows about New Orleans and Katrina, but ignores that over one million people were evacuated safely and found shelter with relatives, friends, and government facilities.
Similarly, the headline says:
94 dead, 25 missing in China floods
Updated: 2007-07-09 08:39 Floods have left 94 people dead and 25 others missing in seven provinces in China, a spokesman with the Ministry of Civil Affairs said on Sunday.
About 16.67 million people had been affected and 555,100 people in Jiangsu, Anhui, Henan, Hubei, Sichuan, Chongqing and Shaanxi evacuated by 4 p.m. on Sunday.
More than 49,000 houses collapsed and another 240,100 were damaged
Didn’t get much play on CNN…although the BBC did notice it last month.
But only a hundred or so dead in a major flood that affected millions, as compared to…well, the floods of the past. LINK
The most recent major floods were the 1998 Yangtze River Floods, but more disastrous were the 1954 Yangtze river floods, killing around 30,000 people. Other severe floods included those of 1911 which killed around 100,000, 1931 (145,000 dead), and 1935 (142,000 dead).Â Â Â
LINK is to the “fogotten flood” of 1931…this site claims that the death toll was much higher if you include illness, starvation and accidents in those affected. LINK tells the major floods in the twentieth century, most of which were in northern China, but includes the 1931 Yangtze flood.
So the good news is that only about a hundred people died, not 100,000.
Kudoos to the Chinese government.
Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the rural Philippines. Her webpage is Finest Kind Clinic and FishmarketÂ