Will Flooding in China Disrupt US Trucking?

The Three Gorges Dam, which is nearly 1.5 miles long and taller than the Washington Monument, was strategically placed on the Yangtze River in China’s Hubei province to control flooding and generate electricity to power the country’s rapid industrialization. Due to the record deluge of rainfall, the world’s largest hydroelectric dam, which has a volume of 39.3 billion cubic meters, is at risk of breaking, which would kill or displace millions, flood China’s cradle of manufacturing, and create massive disruptions in the global supply chain. Many highly populated cities have already seen historic flooding.

As an early indicator, the global supply of personal protective equipment, needed to contain a resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic, has been delayed by weeks, Reuters reported.

The integrity of that supply chain is already precariously unstable due to a legion of disasters emanating from China in 2020. Foremost of these was the appearance and global spread of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. China did not react quickly to contain the pathogen and allowed 5 million people to leave Wuhan, the coronavirus epicenter, prior to the mandated quarantine. The pandemic has reportedly killed an estimated 652,000 people globally, with 150,000 in the United States. The full impact on global economies and health is immeasurable.

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Source: Material Handling & Logistics