Post COVID-19 flooding causing misery for millions of migrant workers

Post COVID-19 flooding causing misery for millions of migrant workers

At least 45 million people have been affected by floods, the worst in decades. The China Labour Bulletin reports that the government has overlooked rural areas. Migrant workers have been forced to return to their villages to help in relief efforts. Low-income households have been impoverished. Around 20 million low-paid workers are still unemployed.

As with the COVID-19 pandemic, migrant workers have been the most affected by China’s worst floods in decades, which are devastating large swathes of the country, especially the central provinces.

The China Meteorological Administration today issued a rain advisory for the coming days, including hurricane-force winds.

The Ministry of Water Resources said that 93 rivers remain above warning levels, and the Three Gorges dam, the biggest in the country, is constantly monitored.

Floods have so far affected 45 million people (with 142 reported dead and missing); material damage stands around 160 billion yuan (US$ 22.9 billion).

The Hong Kong-based China Labour Bulletin has reported that Chinese authorities have concentrated their aid efforts in large cities, leaving towns and rural areas to fend for themselves. In some areas, flood waters inundated factories and shops.