Young Mothers Fight Flood on the Front Line

 July 17, 2020
Young Mothers Fight Flood on the Front Line
Wang Qin, Sheng Jing, Wang Julian and Li Xin (from left to right), join in the frontline flood control work at a port in Wuhan, a city in Central China's Hubei Province. [Changjiang Daily/Wang Huichun]


Four women, Wang Qin, Sheng Jing, Wang Julian and Li Xin, stand out in the on-duty workers who watch over the conditions of the Hanjiang River Dike, at a port in Wuhan, capital city of Central China's Hubei Province. 

They are among fighters against the flood, and also young mothers. Li and Sheng's children 
are only 1 year old.

The four women, who work at the Urban Management and Law Enforcement Bureau of Cihui Sub-district in Wuhan, are now temporary dike patrol workers. They take shifts with other teammates day and night to detect any structural weaknesses and fill sandbags to reinforce the dike when necessary.

Due to continuous downpours and water from the upper and middle reaches of the Yangtze River, the water level at Wuhan's Hankou Hydrometric Station hit 28.77 meters at 11 pm on July 12, the fourth-highest level recorded since the station was established in 1865.

Without returning home, the four women have been on duty at the port for one week to ensure that the dike will not burst and flood the city as the water level continues to rise. Despite the burning sun and heavy rains, the four women haven't flinched at all. 

"Although our strength is small, we can contribute to flood control," said Li, 28, an office worker of the bureau.

Young Mothers Fight Flood on the Front Line
On-duty workers put soil into woven bags to make sandbags for flood control. [Changjiang Daily/Wang Huichun]


Sheng, 29, who serves as a financial staffer of the bureau, gained experience in flood control in 2016. She said that this year's floods are bigger than those of that year.

Wang, 31, has a 3-year-old child. She said that fighting against the flood is not only for the city but also for their families. "I told my child that I am at war and will return home when I win the battle," Wang said.


(Source: China Women's News/Translated and edited by Women of China)


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