Post-flooding work ensures residents live in comfort

Reconstruction efforts pay off after devastating summer rainstorms

By Zhang Yu in Shijiazhuang, Du Juan in Beijing and Yang Cheng in Tianjin | China Daily | Updated: 2024-01-08 07:11
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The book trade has recovered, houses have been repaired, and river dams rebuilt in Zhuozhou, Hebei province. WANG JING/CHINA DAILY

Continuous efforts have been made in reconstruction work in Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei province after severe rainstorms and flooding affected the area in late July and early August.

The work is aimed at ensuring that local residents live in comfort and that their homes remain heated during the winter.

In Zhaowang, a village in Zhuozhou, Hebei, Zhao Jie used a feather duster on a painting newly hung on a wall in her living room. The work depicts a flock of birds flying over a boat floating on a stretch of water against a backdrop of mountains and trees.

"This painting, Wealthy Water and Golden Mountain, symbolizes the hope we have here for life in the future," Zhao said.

The village is one of many in Zhuozhou that were severely affected in the summer, when rainstorms battered northern China and the Yellow and Huaihe river valleys, causing flooding and natural disasters.

At around 9 am on Dec 6, Zhang Shubin, team leader of a work group from the city's healthcare security bureau stationed in the village, visited Zhao's home and asked, "What is the temperature inside the house?"

Zhao said, "It is around 21 C, so it's quite warm."

Zhang's team arrived in the village immediately after the floodwaters receded, with a mission to help villagers recover their livelihoods as soon as possible.

Zhuozhou, which is situated just under 60 kilometers from Beijing, occupies 751 square km, and has a population of about 700,000. The county-level city is administered by Baoding city.

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