Thousands evacuated as second landslide hits Chamdo area

13th November 2018

The unceasing flooding sweeps away whole villages and townships, destroying crucial infrastructure networks 

One month ago, we reported on the massive landslide and flooding of villages around Chamdo city, Tibetan Autonomous Region. The landslide caused serious blockage of the Drichu River and the following flooding resulted in over 400 people being evacuated from the nearby Polo Township.

On Novemeber 3, another massive landslide hit the same area (the intersection of Phayul, Bhatang and Derong counties), causing further flooding.

The flooding is now reaching hazardous levels with water continuously rising since the incident.

According to the Global Times (media outlet funded by the Chinese government) over 25,000 people had to be evacuated into temporary settlements, 100 houses have collapsed completely and over 843 have been seriously damaged. Phayul.com wrote that “the calamity has affected over 30,000 residents in 15 counties in TAR and Sichuan province”.

Liang Jun, the chief engineer of the Sichuan Provincial Water Resources Department, has warned that the second incident’s danger alert is much higher than the landslide which occurred on 3 October. The continuous flooding could soon reach the hydro-power stations downstream, causing a serious disaster risk to the nearby towns.

The Chinese authorities have been heavily restricting people from obtaining photos or videos of the affected areas. Despite their attempts to hide the truth, the footage circulating on social media reveals the damage as being much worse than what the official narrative suggests.

Information suppplied by Tibet Watch