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BBC’s Fake Claims About China Floods

July 21, 2021
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By Paul Homewood


The BBC is playing the climate card again!


Twelve people have died after record-breaking rainfall flooded underground railway tunnels in China, leaving passengers trapped in rising waters.

Video shared on social media shows evening commuters just managing to keep their heads above water. Water is seen rushing onto platforms.

More than 500 people were eventually rescued from the tunnels in Henan province, officials said.

Days of rain have caused widespread damage and led to 200,000 evacuations.

In the provincial capital Zhengzhou, the equivalent of a year’s average rainfall has fallen in just three days.

Henan has experienced "rare and severe rainfall" since Saturday, China’s meteorological authority said on Wednesday.

Zhengzhou saw 624mm of rainfall on Tuesday, with a third of that amount falling between 16:00 and 17:00 alone, which "smashed historical records".

It forecasted that parts of the region would continue to see "severe or extremely severe storms" and that the heavy rain would likely only end on Thursday.

Many factors contribute to flooding, but a warming atmosphere caused by climate change makes extreme rainfall more likely.

 What utter drivel!

As we know, 624mm in a day is nowhere near being a record. Typhoon Nina dumped 1631mm over the area in a single day in 1975. Over Zhenzhou itself, 804mm fell in a day. However, three years later, on July 2nd, an amazing 1894mm of rain fell there.

And many other storms have brought much daily totals well over 1000mm to the city since.

We don’t have hourly data available for 1975 (which may be why claims of a record are being made, based on just a few years of record), but it is clear from the Dutch Met Office, KNMI, that daily rains have become MUCH LESS EXTREME in recent decades:




I have a couple of sources which give some more accurate news of the actual rainfall in Zhengzhou:


According to Reuters:




And from the Chinese news outlet Global Times:


Infographic: Wu Tiantong/GT



Interestingly they give a figure of 154mm for Cologne, broadly in line with my original source quoting 7 inches. As we know that was a long way from being any sort of record for Germany.

  1. deejaym permalink
    July 21, 2021 6:12 pm

    After last years fake videos of people collapsing in the streets & doors to apartment buildings being welded shut, why would we take anything coming from Chyyyna (*) at face value ?

    (*) or the BBC for that matter

  2. July 21, 2021 6:28 pm

    as in UNDERGROUND tunnels ?

    • Duker permalink
      July 22, 2021 11:19 pm

      The new normal…..

  3. July 21, 2021 6:31 pm

    Just found this:

    “The worst flood in human history occurred in 1887, when the Yellow River overran the dikes in Henan Province. That flood covered 50,000 square miles. It inundated eleven large towns and hundreds of villages. Nine hundred thousand people died, and two million were left homeless.”

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      July 21, 2021 7:54 pm

      Broody crimate Chang e!!!

  4. LeedsChris permalink
    July 21, 2021 7:58 pm

    That daily rainfall total is incorrect. The rainfall total the BBC quotes is for a three day period …. I can’t follow the link but other news sources point this out, so the claim about more than 600mm fell in a day is false.

  5. Leedschris permalink
    July 21, 2021 8:01 pm

    Yes. Reuters confirms the 617mm fall was the total for Saturday to Tuesday.

  6. Leedschris permalink
    July 21, 2021 8:16 pm English language news site is reporting a Provincial Government spokesman as saying the floods in the province are (only) the worst since 1998. I wonder why the BBC and others would want to exaggerate (sarc)

  7. tom0mason permalink
    July 22, 2021 1:57 am

    How can this happen when China has the “Beijing Weather Modification Office”
    And it’s stated aim is …

    The work of the Office is largely aimed at hail storm prevention or making rain to end droughts; they have also induced precipitation for purposes of firefighting or counteracting the effect of severe dust storms, as they did in the aftermath of one storm in April 2006 which dropped 300,000 tonnes of dust and sand on the city and was believed to have been the largest in five years.[2][6] Their technology was also used to create snow on New Year’s Day in 1997.[7] Other proposed future uses for induced precipitation include lowering temperatures in summer, in hopes of reducing electricity consumption.[5] More prominently, they were enlisted by the Chinese government to ensure that the 2008 Summer Olympics are free of rain, by breaking up clouds headed towards the capital and forcing them to drop rain on outlying areas instead.[4] The office created a snowstorm in November 2009.[8][9]

    According to this report (OK, it’s the Graudian so treat it with suspicion … )

    … But the proposed enlargement is on a scale that could affect regional weather patterns. The cabinet said it wanted to extend the artificial rain and snow programme to cover at least 2.1m sq miles (5.5m sq km) of land by 2025. The long-term plan envisages that by 2035, the country’s weather modification capabilities would reach an “advanced” level and focus on revitalising rural regions, restoring ecosystems and minimising losses from natural disasters.

    It follows a rapid buildup of capacity in recent years. A 2017 plan earmarked $168m (1.15bn yuan) for four new planes, eight upgraded craft, 897 rocket launchers and 1,856 digital control devices to cover 370,000 miles (960,000 sq km), about 10% of China’s territory.

    Part of that is a new weather modification system in the Qinghai-Tibet plateau, Asia’s biggest freshwater reserve. Chinese scientists are working on the ambitious Tianhe (“sky river”) plan to divert water vapour northwards from the Yangtze River basin to the Yellow River basin, where it would become rainfall.

  8. cookers52 permalink
    July 22, 2021 6:44 am

    How do they measure such extreme rainfall reliably?

    My experience of extreme rainfall comes from working in tropical West Africa, the precipitation seemed to arrive from every direction, and the noise of constant rain falling on tin roofs was amazing and it went on for days.

    The idea that you could compare rainfall reports one day to another was not really helpful.

    • Duker permalink
      July 22, 2021 11:28 pm

      Yes. The common rainfall gauge ( some newer ones are automated, 2 ‘tipping buckets’ for 0.2mm, but seem to breakdown in heavier rain) is this-
      The standard instrument for the measurement of rainfall is the 203mm (8 inch) rain gauge. This is essentially a circular funnel with a diameter of 203mm which collects the rain into a graduated and calibrated cylinder. The measuring cylinder can record up to 25mm of precipitation. Any excess precipitation is captured in the outer metal cylinder…BOM Australia

  9. Robin Guenier permalink
    July 22, 2021 7:43 am

    An extract from an article on Climate Home News:

    Chinese politicians, state and social media have largely ignored the link between climate change and the flooding. Greenpeace East Asia’s Li Shuo told Climate Home News that coverage had focussed on the severity of the flooding and how to deal with the aftermath.

    How foolish of the Chinese to ignore Greenpeace and focus on practicalities.

    • MrGrimNasty permalink
      July 22, 2021 10:07 am

      Instead of running around in a circle waving their hands in the air screaming climate change, and doing interviews for the climate propaganda cabal, Chinese concentrate on getting the fossil fueled rescue boats/helicopters and relief supply deliveries going. What peculiar people they are – no sense of priorities!

    • MrGrimNasty permalink
      July 22, 2021 10:11 am

      My reply has gone into moderation – I’d love to know why, no links and I can’t see anything remotely ‘rude’?

      • Robin Guenier permalink
        July 22, 2021 10:20 am

        Try again Mr Grim

      • MrGrimNasty permalink
        July 22, 2021 11:06 am

        It wasn’t very interesting, just a sarcastic observation.

  10. July 22, 2021 8:11 am

    Were they less ignorant and/or more honest, BBC reporters would know that, amongst much else, the history of China from time immemorial has been one relentless battle with its climate. Over the cenuries uncounted millions lost their lives as rivers changed their courses or appalling droughts wiped out entire harvests.

  11. July 22, 2021 9:31 am

    Brilliant post and fully agree. Thank you. China has maintained a climate record for thousands of years called the Fang Zhi

  12. July 22, 2021 10:39 am

    Hi Paul, what is your blue line on the graph showing? It seems to be ~ 60 mm. The headline number is supposed to be 624 mm in a day. But then LeedsChris says 617 mm over a 3 to 4 day period. That is getting close to historic highs.

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