Lack of aid to people still affected by Henan floods, locals claim


A week later, some cities are still underwater as catastrophic floods are beginning to recede in Henan, China. Citizens of Wei City have been using social media to seek water, food and shelter in the face of minimal government support since July 22nd.

The flood affected half of Weihui’s 600,000 inhabitants and evacuated about one-third of the locals, according to a statement by the Henan provincial government on Wednesday. Locals told The Epoch Times in China that some buildings were still sunk on the second floor.

According to 22 July, local Weihui flood control officials said the local government was acting only as a coordinator for citizens to organize their evacuation activities. report From

However, residents who spoke with The Epoch Times said the government did not provide coordination. Residents and volunteers began coordinating and implementing their own evacuation efforts on Monday.

The rescue team leader, who goes under the name of Yang (pseudonym), told The Epoch Times of China on Tuesday.

“It’s a mess at the rescue site. Nobody [from the government] It is for control or adjustment. All private rescue teams do this voluntarily, “Yang said.

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Taken on July 26, 2021, this photo shows rescue teams evacuating residents by truck in a flooded area of ​​Weihui, central Henan Province, China. (STR / AFP via Getty Images)

Mr Yang added that the army arrived at a later date, but the rescue team had to return because there were too many calls from the residents because the local government did not accept the army.

Another Epoch Times, also known as the King, spoke to the Epoch Times on Tuesday about the needs of evacuees.

“What we need most is tents, vegetables, meat and other food,” said the king, adding that the team moved about 200 evacuees to kindergarten.

“All food and disaster relief supplies are paid by us. The government has not contacted the kindergarten or us so far,” she said.

The king added that the lack of government coordination makes the distribution of donated goods difficult and inefficient.

Regarding donations in the hands of the government, “the mayors and party secretaries of some non-flooded villages either distributed supplies privately or brought them home,” Wang said. “They even sell what they spare for money.”

The Epoch Times in Chinese called the Weihui emergency number many times on Tuesday, but there was no answer.

YiRu and LinCenxin contributed to the report.