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The Apocalypse Cometh to China- The Abuse of Their Land Leads to a Lack of Water

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 8, 2010

Here is an article from the Chinadaily. Actually the area in question is out of water due to ‘broken pipes’. The problem is that in China, there is no credibility, and thus the reasons for the pipe damage could be many and varied. All that we do know, is that China looks like it is headed for an ecological disaster and the rich and the communist party members (redundant?) who are aware of this fact are leaving in droves. It is like the people are biblical locusts, sucking all the resources from the country before leaving her barren.

Living without running water

Residents line up at the Tonghua People’s Hospital to get drinking water. The hospital is one of 22 water supply centers across the city shipping 1,700 tons of drinking water every day. Zhang Tao / China Daily

Just like most of his neighbors, Bai Qilun spent the most part of Sunday, Aug 1, in a long line waiting to buy bottled water. He had been rudely awakened from his sleep at 6:30 am when his wife discovered the taps in their home had run dry.

“As soon as I opened my eyes, I was dragged from my bed and told to buy as much bottled water as I could,” said the 30-year-old Bai, whose native city of Tonghua in Jilin province has in recent weeks been battered by heavy storms.

Living without running water

Residents in Tonghua, Jilin province, receive water from a supply center last week. Sun Liguo / for China Daily

“It was unusual as we rarely have a water shortage,” said Wang Jingjing, Bai’s wife and mother to his son.

She barely had time to worry about how her family would cook and clean without running water before the phone began to ring off the hook, with friends and relatives across the city rushing to confirm that the water supply had been cut off late on July 31.

According to the authorities, four pipes linking the city’s only water source with its water-filtering factory were severely damaged by floodwaters caused by torrential rainfall. About 330,000 people were affected.

“Bottled water is like gold on the first day without running water,” said Bai, who waited 30 minutes to buy 20 liters of bottled mineral water at his local community store at 7 am. Just minutes later, the shop sold out.

“People were panicked,” he said. Widespread panic can mean big profits for storeowners and some businesses even hiked prices to take advantage.

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2 Responses to “The Apocalypse Cometh to China- The Abuse of Their Land Leads to a Lack of Water”

  1. slamdunk said

    It is incredible how easy that citizens can forget about the basic resources like clean water until there is a problem–sad that the leadership fails the people so miserably there.

    • wtdevflnt said

      Yeah, but as long as the communist government keeps selling dreams of the rise of the motherland, and our media does as well, its as if no one really cares. They are all blinded by money so they leave morals, ethics and common sense behind.

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