Yellow River floods, Historical flood control
A short while, not even a day, is all that is necessary to destroy hundreds of villages, kill thousands of people, and cause great suffering for millions of others. Little effort is required of any single person in accomplishing such a harrowing feat. This is because such unintentional damage is largely due to natural forces, specifically floods. One might get the impression from the introduction above that such drastic flooding occurs often. In fact, flooding is a prevalent occurrence throughout China’s history. To the extent described above, however, there have been more than a few. This is not to say that the country has been completely at the mercy of nature throughout the centuries. Rather, China’s central and local governments were responsible for numerous efforts that prevented or at least drastically diminished the damage of flooding. Still, the country’s rivers have managed often to burst through their banks and cover great distances, at the same time, causing widespread suffering.
Higashi, Eri, "The Chinese Government’s Role in Controlling the Yellow River during the 19th Century" (2006). WWU Honors Program Senior Projects. 207.
Subjects - Topical (LCSH)
Flood control--China--Yellow River
Yellow River (China)--History--19th century
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