UPDATED 10:15 AM PT — Friday, July 17, 2020
The People’s Liberation Army of China has been helping villagers in an eastern Chinese province prepare for torrential rains. 1,500 soldiers arrived early last week amid major flooding throughout Jiangxi’s Poyang County.
A nearby river began to overfill and was at risk of spilling into the farmland, where it could ruin crops. Soldiers and locals quickly went to work on building an embankment to hold the water back.
“Perhaps this is the purpose of being a soldier,” stated soldier Xia Zenghui. “Once you change into this uniform, you feel like you are duty bound to come here.”
Locals and soldiers continue to work together to protect villages in danger due to record rains and flooding throughout eastern China.
The heavy flooding throughout the region has also disrupted supply chains, which has affected the shipping of personal protective equipment out of Wuhan to combat to coronavirus.