Disastrous 1931 Flood in China

Title

Disastrous 1931 Flood in China

Description

On August 22nd, 1931, the New York Times printed this article with the headline: “Hwai River Covers 80 Countries in North; Thousands Die, 30,000,000 are Homeless; Thousands Fleeing City; Others Purposely Await Death in Hankow as River Sweeps Over Valley; Refugees Face Starvation; Helpless Millions Prey to Disease—Crops and Live Stock are Destroyed; China Plans Relief Loan; American Red Cross Official Says Disaster May Rank as Greatest in History.”

As a result of this ruinous flood of three major waterways (the Yellow River, the Yangtse River, and the Hwai River), massive amounts of water had overtaken every street and home in Central China. Between one and four million people were killed, thirty million were homeless, thousands left the area. Livestock, crops, businesses, families, and much more, were all destroyed in the floods.

Everyone affected either had to struggle to survive and completely start their lives over or wait to perish due to the lack of available resources. The article also discusses Japanese and Americans efforts to relieve flood victims and attempts to help fund aid for China.

Creator

New York Times

Source

New York Times, 22 Aug. 1931

Date

22 08 1931

Contributor

Jesse Lowden

Format

Print

Type

Text

Coverage

1900-1999

Original Format

Newspaper article (digitally uploaded and made into PDF file)

Files

NewYorkTimes.PNG

Citation

New York Times, “Disastrous 1931 Flood in China,” Disaster History Archive, accessed November 20, 2019, http://disasterhistoryarchive.cynthiakierner.org/items/show/79.

Output Formats

Geolocation