THE PROBLEM WITH WATER, PART I

Publication: China Brief Volume: 2 Issue: 19

By Gordon G. Chang

“Pigs, chickens, cows–there were corpses everywhere, including people,” said Zhao Zhengwu, a soybean grower and resident of Guangming. Guangming, some 40 miles south of Wuhan, was inundated in the great floods of 1998 and has not fully recovered. “We used to be able to grow all kinds of crops,” said Zhao, speaking to Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post. “Now we can hardly feed ourselves.”

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