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Henan Floods

July 21, 2021
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By Paul Homewood

 

h/t Joe Public

 

The climate pornos are already out celebrating the latest floods in China:

 

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https://twitter.com/EricHolthaus/status/1417572482786201601

 

Maybe he has forgotten Typhoon Nina in 1975, which also hit Henan Province and left 229,000 dead:

 

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typhoon_Nina_(1975)

 

 

In contrast to 609mm of rain, Nina dropped 1631mm in one day, including 830mm in just six hours.

 

  Just four years before Nina, another disastrous flood killed an estimated 100,000 in nearby North Vietnam:

 

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https://worldhistoryproject.org/1971/8/1/red-river-delta-flood-of-1971

 

 

If these events happened today, there would be immediate calls for world socialism.

 

 

FOOTNOTE

 

Apparently Eric cannot even get his facts right, as the actual rainfall was 617mm over three days:

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Eric Holthaus says he is a meteorologist and climate journalist. It seems he is not a very good one!

15 Comments
  1. LeedsChris permalink
    July 21, 2021 3:08 pm

    In also saw a report in the Telegraph today (21 July) that stated this was the worst rain in 1,000 years. This hyperbole that all weather events attract these days is exhausting….. Historically China has been hit by the most devastating floods on Earth. To name but a few. In 1887 the Yellow River Flood killed at least 900,000 people and possibly as many as 2 million. In 1931 there were massive floods all over China that killed between 400,000 and 4 million and another flood on the Yangtse in 1935 killed 145,000. I have read an article that there have been nearly 1600 recorded floods on the Yellow River from 595BC to 1946 and the whole river has shifted curse 26 times – In 1128 the floods were so bad the whole river shifted 300 miles to the north and moved its mouth north of the Shandong peninsular, whereas it had been south of that for several centuries. Can you imagine how it would be reported today if a whole river the size of the Yellow River moved course by hundreds of miles!

    • T Walker permalink
      July 21, 2021 3:45 pm

      Yes Chris and whenever the Telegraph puts up fake news climate porn, no comments are allowed!!!

      I wonder why!!??

      • Leedschris permalink
        July 21, 2021 4:11 pm

        Agreed. And my reference to the Yellow River and its course shift is directly relevant because this city (Zhengzhou) lies on the south bank of the Yellow River and only 60 miles upstream from where the river changed its course so abruptly in 1128.

    • MrGrimNasty permalink
      July 21, 2021 5:04 pm

      The 1931 and other Chinese flood disasters:-

      https://disasterhistory.org/category/flood

  2. Broadlands permalink
    July 21, 2021 3:09 pm

    “If these events happened today, there would be immediate calls for world socialism.”

    It seems that in many places those calls are already being made. When it is easier to get something free for not working, the outcome is not good in the long run.

  3. July 21, 2021 3:29 pm

    617mm, although a lot of rain, is nowhere near a fathom. Quit the exaggeration!

    Just saying 😉

    • Pancho Plail permalink
      July 21, 2021 10:49 pm

      So not an unfathomable amount, a third of a fathom amount.

  4. July 21, 2021 3:35 pm

    Eric replied to LIU’s correction
    You’re right, it should say “Gongyi, China” specifically, not just Henan province

    Gongyi is a county-level city of Henan Province
    it is under the administration of the prefecture-level city of Zhengzhou.
    It has a population of 790,000 people and an area of 1,041 km2
    Mountains loom over it

  5. July 21, 2021 3:41 pm

    Is that a cherrypick
    “This *region* has an average annual rainfall m of 600mm
    this specific part of the region had a higher rainfall than that in one day”

    Not so staggering cos some parts of the region will receive way more than the average & some way less.

  6. July 21, 2021 3:50 pm

    A rainfall heat map shows that it’s concentrated in an area in the centre of the province
    as ever rain often falls on one side of a mountain and not the other.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/E6vppIhXMA8QmcZ.jpg:small

  7. July 21, 2021 5:28 pm

    Nigerians are complaining
    “GretaThunberg: I expected media to report this the same way they did to Germany and Belgium floods…but am totally disappointed
    Or because it is in Africa

    FFS the are is called Marina ..it’s not surprising it floods
    there were floods last month as well.
    Probably bad drainage maintenance.

  8. Tim Spence permalink
    July 21, 2021 5:53 pm

    China figures highly in the worst floods in history, in terms of mortalities. Four of the top 5 in fact. It does seem to be especially cursed in that respect.

    The biggest rainfall in history however was in the Philipines (if memory serves) of more than 3m in 5 days, that’s like about 10’ft but in that Era the amount was recorded but not the mortalities. A bit like the Tsunami of 2004 in Burma/Myanmar, oficialdom didn’t wish to count the dead.

  9. Joe Public permalink
    July 21, 2021 6:47 pm

    It was that same Typhoon Nina that led to the greatest renewables-energy disaster of all time.

    The Banqiao Dam failure caused an estimated death toll ranging from 26,000 to 240,000.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1975_Banqiao_Dam_failure

  10. July 21, 2021 7:00 pm

    “unfathomable amount of rain?”

    How about Alvin Texas (suburb of Houston)? Received 43 inches of rain in 24 hours (believe that to be the standing record) on July 25, 1979. TS Claudette.

    Took Hurricane Harvey 4 whole days to top this one-day record.

  11. 4 Eyes permalink
    July 22, 2021 12:38 pm

    I remember late 1974 and then 1975 – there was lots of rain in many parts of the world. Eric does not have a living memory of 1975 so therefore 1975 does not count. Give him a break.

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