Northern China’s drought and extreme heat have caused glass doors to explode, ants roasting to death in less than three seconds, and phones must be put in the freezer. Meanwhile, there is terrifying flooding in the south of the country.
The Epoch Times reported high temperatures in Henan, which lasted more than ten days. Earlier, some of these local netizens shared on social networking sites scenes of the local cement roads exploding due to the heat. Recently, they have posted videos of glass doors at home exploding.
On June 25, the theme of “Explosion due to high temperature! The glass in Henan residents’ homes breaks when touched” appeared on Baidu’s hot search.
The Central Meteorological Observatory issued a yellow high-temperature warning the same day. They expect the highest temperatures in areas of 18 provinces, autonomous regions, and direct-controlled municipalities, including Shaanxi, Shanxi, Hebei, Beijing Tianjin, Shandong, Shanxi, Henan, and Anhui will be 37 degrees Celsius. Hebei, Shandong, Henan, and other areas can reach over 40 ℃. As a result, millions of people have been asked to stay home.
The Ha Nam Provincial Meteorological Observatory continued to issue an orange high-temperature warning at 10:20 a.m. on June 24. Some Zhengzhou netizens posted a video the same day saying that their glass doors were broken due to high temperatures. In the video, the glass doors look like spider webs that break apart when someone touches them.
According to Sohu, at around 1 p.m. on June 24, surface temperatures in Jiyuan, Jiaozuo, and other places in Henan reached 74.1 degrees Celsius. In addition, a video clip on Tiktok shows that a netizen in Jiaozuo threw an ant to the ground—it roasted to death in less than three seconds.
Today, the high temperature in Ha Nam has continued for 10 days. The temperatures on June 16, 17, and 24 were all over 40℃.
Epoch Times said on June 16, 59 out of 120 national meteorological stations in Henan province had daily maximum temperatures above 40°C; the maximum surface temperature of 92 stations in the province exceeded 60°C, and the maximum surface temperature of 8 stations exceeded 70°C. There is a place where the surface temperature reaches 74.1°C, which is the highest in the province.
The news agency cited photos containing comments from netizens such as:
- The feeling in Trinh Chau is like how you fry meat with your fingers on a frying pan. It’s over 40 degrees;
- Carrying a phone in the bag for a few hours shows that it’s too hot to be used. It must be put in the freezer in the supermarket;
- Henan, Hebei, Shandong, Shanxi, and Shaanxi are all dry and extremely hot;
- My house’s glass is also so hot that it is going to break out;
- Liaocheng, Shandong has been up and down 40 degrees many times in a day, and I haven’t seen so many such reports;
- Henan has suffered from many disasters in the past two years;
- My house is so hot, it’s going to explode, then you buy another one, and it’s going to heat up so fast;
- Forty degrees have only come in recent years, and no previous search results;
- Oh dear, Henan people’s lives have not been easy in recent years. When floods and starvation strike;
- Henan is the birthplace of our Chinese civilization. I hope the disaster will disappear from this land as soon as possible.
The weather has been the polar opposite in China these days. It’s like it’s in a rage. Since June, North and Central China have experienced unusually high temperatures in areas above 40°C. Meanwhile, the southern part of the country has suffered from floods.
Sound Of Hope said that the area affected by the torrential rains was the Zhujiang watershed, including Guangdong, Guangxi, Fujian, Hunan, and Jiangxi.
Due to the risk of flooding, more than half a million people were evacuated from the beginning of the month in the affected areas. Flooding in Yingde City, Guangdong Province, was severe, and about 400,000 people were affected and had to evacuate, according to Sound of Hope.
The water levels of rivers in these areas have skyrocketed, and many reservoirs discharging water have resulted in unprecedented floods. As a result, local agriculture and people’s property were severely damaged. The videos taken by netizens revealed some local disaster situations.
Twitter account @TragedyInChina reported news of a landslide on June 22 on a mountain near Longcheng District, Guilin, Guangxi. The current carrying the rock moves slowly, but the power is frightening. Many houses are swept away by it. People at the scene chanted, “run fast.”
On the same day, an online video showed that floods hit Yingde, Guangdong, completely submerging a house. An older man desperately climbed onto the roof, but no one rescued him.
Also, on June 22, a video posted on the Internet showed Qingyuan, Guangdong, being affected by heavy rain for days, plus the water discharge of many reservoirs in Shaoguan, creating a record flood outbreak in Yingde, Qingyuan.
One woman shared a scene taken while passing Yingde on the high-speed railway: Floods submerged large trees, leaving only their tops, which seemed to be grass. Many houses were so flooded that only their roofs were seen. The flooding even reached the 4th floor.
Another video posted on the Internet showed that 11 Sam Thien Ha Reservoir flood gates in Jianhua, Yongzhou, Hunan Province, were all fully open to discharge water, causing many downstream towns and villages to drown. In addition, a house by the river has collapsed.
One house was swept away, making many others collapse.
In the face of record flood and heat, Xinhuanet reported that Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang on June 22 warned that heat waves and floods threaten the production of pork, grains, and vegetables. In addition, he is concerned that inflation in China will rise high.