ASIAdocument.write(“” + m[today.getMonth()+1]+ ” “+ today.getDate()+”, ” + theYear + ” “);HOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperChina Daily Global PDFChina Daily Global E-paperOpinion / Opinion LineEditorialsOp-EdColumnistsContributorsCartoonsSpecialsFrom the PressForum TrendsTalk from streetDebateEditors Pick:Syrian refugeescyberspaceV-Day paradeshrimp scandalTPPPoor plan results in Wuhans defeat in its decisive fight(China Daily) Updated:2016-06-06 07:46Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallA heavy rainstorm on Wednesday flooded Wuhan.[Photo/IC]A heavy rainstorm on Wednesday flooded Wuhan, capital of Central Chinas Hubei province, into Venice, despite the local governments heavy investment in upgrading the citys drainage system. Beijing Times says:Many might still remember June 2011, when Wuhan was so inundated that people complained it was like living on an island. After that, the authorities invested heavily to strengthen the citys drainage system, and even adopted a three-year plan to “decisively fight flooding”.
However, as the recent rainstorm shows, Wuhan has failed to win this “decisive battle”.
In order to change the situation for the better, heavy investment and determination are not enough on their own; the government obviously needs a better plan.
There are three main problems to be overcome. First, the drainage system was badly designed and lacks the required capacity to drain heavy rain; second, it has expanded too fast in recent years, which has ruined the local wetlands and ponds that received the channeled water. Third, the citys planners have focused on the citys visible infrastructure, and have not paid enough attention to the citys invisible infrastructure underground.
Wuhan has been selected as one of the first “sponge cities”, and a lot of central funds are being invested in the city. Thats good news, but the money must be better used.0Related StoriesMore rain for flood-ravaged South ChinaNew media to assist with flood warningsFlood warning: Heavy rain threatens southern and eastern provinces500,000 flee homes as flood misery worsensMost Viewed Todays Top NewsA defining moment for China-US tiesSOEs need to fullfil their due functionWho is to be held accountable for poisonous plastic running tracks?Concepts of human rightsSeeing beyond the viewpoint of conflict may be a way outForum TrendsWho cares for left-behind children?Do Chinese women obsess over foreign men?Why is e-commerce so successful in China?Is it rude to eat on mass transit?Tips to manage stress when studying abroadWhy are Chinese students heading to the US?Should investment lessons be mandatory?ColumnistsGo against the grain to reap investment dividendsPositive ties with China would be good legacy for ObamaFeatured ContributorsTurnball highlights China-Australia FTA as a valuable assetBloody curtain rising to greet US first-ever presidentStar BloggersMy best friend in China: 35th anniversary of China Daily By subeChina Daily is like a friend who stays with me in every mood in my life. If I am happy, I can write a blog and if I am upset, I can enjoy what others have said and let my feelings go away.China Daily, 35 years on: my memories By aixiI first discovered China Daily a few years ago. It was my first visit to China, and I was waiting for my tour guide to arrive.My vision for a smog-free China By eddieturksonI’ve lived in China for quite a considerable time including my graduate school years, travelled and worked in a few cities and still choose my destination taking into consideration the density of smog or PM2.5 particulate matter in the region.SpecialChina Daily, 35 years on: your memoriesPositive energy Leifeng laowai story2016 Happy Chinese New Year…| About China Daily | Advertise on Site | Contact Us | Job Offer | Expat Employment |Copyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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