Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Shaolin Temple closed due to continuous heavy rain in China

On July 20, heavy rain occurred continuously in many places in central China. The Tung Son mountain area was badly affected, the famous Shaolin temple was forced to close.

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The Shaolin Temple north of Zhengzhou, Henan, was hit hard by heavy rains. On the morning of July 20, this scenic area announced an emergency closure due to the influence of heavy rain for 3 consecutive days.

According to China News, the river in front of the temple gate was high and flowing, and the power inside was completely cut off.

Large-scale heavy rains have the potential to devastate areas in the lower and middle reaches of the Yellow River. Ha Nam province recorded serious flooding in many areas and roads. It is home to many cultural sites, including the White Horse Temple, believed to be China's first temple. More than 50 scenic spots have had to stop operating.

Heavy rains also caused many roads in big cities to be flooded with water. Photo: The Irish Times.

The Henan weather bureau said Zhengzhou city was the most severely affected. Videos posted on social media showed entire neighborhoods submerged in waist-deep water and vehicles floating in the bog. Those stranded had to stay overnight at work or rent a room at a nearby hotel.

"I've lived in the city all my life and have never seen such heavy rain as today," said Wang Guirong, manager of a restaurant in Zhengzhou. She had to sleep temporarily on the couch at the restaurant.

Flooding continued, killing 12 people in Zhengzhou and forcing tens of thousands of people to evacuate. China frequently experiences floods in the summer. However, the growth of cities and the conversion of agricultural land made the impact of flooding more severe.

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