As parts of the world experience droughts and extreme heat due to climate change, China’s Henan province, with a population of over 100 million, has been hit by typhoons and floods. And the catastrophic city of Zhengzhou has seen the worst of what has happened, where a local meteorologist described it as “a typhoon in a thousand years.”
At least 25 people died, including 12 who were trapped in a submarine. Hundreds of trains have been suspended due to flooding, leaving people with no choice but to walk (or swim) in flooded streets. Food shortages have also been reported throughout the country as Chinese authorities send in emergency workers.
Climate disasters are closely linked to climate change. Earth has already experienced 2.1 degrees Fahrenheit since 1880, according to NASA, and this adds to the danger. Wildfires are long. The storm is beginning wet and dangerous. The hot waves are starting hotter, thicker, and longer lasting. Heavy rain is causing it flooding. And the price of seasonal disasters is rising. To end this abuse we will need to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.
Note the catastrophic flood damage in China.