China is drowning

China Photos/Getty Images Over in Anhui province, the government evacuates nearly half a million people away from the surging Huaihe River. And in neighboring Henan, authorities worry about the health risks from an estimated TWO BILLION RATS that attacked crops near Dongting Lake. The rats had been living on islands in the lake, but rising ...

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Over in Anhui province, the government evacuates nearly half a million people away from the surging Huaihe River.

And in neighboring Henan, authorities worry about the health risks from an estimated TWO BILLION RATS that attacked crops near Dongting Lake. The rats had been living on islands in the lake, but rising floodwaters sent them into the surrounding 22 counties, where they have been causing all kinds of trouble.

China Photos/Getty Images

Over in Anhui province, the government evacuates nearly half a million people away from the surging Huaihe River.

And in neighboring Henan, authorities worry about the health risks from an estimated TWO BILLION RATS that attacked crops near Dongting Lake. The rats had been living on islands in the lake, but rising floodwaters sent them into the surrounding 22 counties, where they have been causing all kinds of trouble.

I’m tempted to say that this is just another day in China, but even for the Middle Kingdom, this is crazy stuff. More than 66 million Chinese people have been hurt by floods this summer. And knowing what we know about the water quality in China’s rivers, it’s even more frightening. The brain boggles.

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