As floodwaters rise, residents prepare to board a ferry leaving Jiangzhou, located on a small island in the middle of the Yangtze River. Photo: Tom WangAs floodwaters rise, residents prepare to board a ferry leaving Jiangzhou, located on a small island in the middle of the Yangtze River. Photo: Tom Wang
As floodwaters rise, residents prepare to board a ferry leaving Jiangzhou, located on a small island in the middle of the Yangtze River. Photo: Tom Wang

China floods: rural areas plea for migrant workers to return home and fight deluge

  • Urbanisation has long been an engine for China’s economic growth, but this has created an apparent problem in the nation’s vast countryside – a hollowing out of rural areas
  • On the flood-battered island of Jiangzhou in the middle of the Yangtze River, the population has plunged 80 per cent in less than a decade

Topic |   China economy
As floodwaters rise, residents prepare to board a ferry leaving Jiangzhou, located on a small island in the middle of the Yangtze River. Photo: Tom WangAs floodwaters rise, residents prepare to board a ferry leaving Jiangzhou, located on a small island in the middle of the Yangtze River. Photo: Tom Wang
As floodwaters rise, residents prepare to board a ferry leaving Jiangzhou, located on a small island in the middle of the Yangtze River. Photo: Tom Wang
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