Changzhuang Reservoir was forced to discharge excess water. Photo: Simon Song Changzhuang Reservoir was forced to discharge excess water. Photo: Simon Song
Changzhuang Reservoir was forced to discharge excess water. Photo: Simon Song

‘We were lucky the dam didn’t give way’: how central China floods exposed risk of worse disaster

  • An official responsible for a reservoir near Zhengzhou says the devastating floods came close to triggering a far worse catastrophe
  • Locals and officials in Henan say they were unprepared for the sudden deluge, which threatened to overwhelm ageing flood defences

Topic |   Extreme weather in China
Changzhuang Reservoir was forced to discharge excess water. Photo: Simon Song Changzhuang Reservoir was forced to discharge excess water. Photo: Simon Song
Changzhuang Reservoir was forced to discharge excess water. Photo: Simon Song
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