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Soldiers fighting floods, then and now

Soldiers and officers of the People’s Liberation Army carry sandbags to the embankments of the Jingjiang section of the Yangtze River in Hubei province in 1998. [File photo/Xinhua]

In the devastating floods during the summer of 1998, Chinese People’s Liberation Army soldiers and armed police officers braved hardships and difficulties to protect people’s lives and property. Now as incessant torrential rains wreak havoc across regions along the Yangtze River, the average precipitation in those areas has already surpassed the same period in 1998. Now, as then, soldiers are devoting themselves in the heroic fight against the floods and showing the same bravery. Here are some photos capturing their heroic moments, both past and present.

Armed policemen move sandbags for dike reinforcement in Poyang county, Jiangxi province, on July 12, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]
Soldiers move sandbags for dike reinforcement at Nanxian county, Yueyang city in Hunan province in 1998. [Photo by Yang Shizhong/Asianews Photo]
Armed policemen move sandbags for dike reinforcement at Jiangjialing village in Poyang county, Jiangxi province, on July 11, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]
Armed policemen transfer an old man to safety from his flooded house in 1998. [Photo/Xinhua]
Soldiers transfer flood-stranded people in Xuba county, Tongling city of Anhui province, on July 11, 2020. [Photo by Chen Chen/Asianews Photo]
Armed policemen transfer a child with a washbasin in a flood-affected region in 1998. [Photo/Xinhua]
Soldiers transfer a child trapped by floods at a village in Poyang county, Jiangxi province on July 10, 2020. [Photo by Zhu Wenbiao/Asianews Photo]
Soldiers working around the clock to repair a broken dike in Jiujiang, East China’s Jiangxi province. Photo taken on Aug 9, 1998. [Photo by He Yanguang/VCG]
Soldiers of the People’s Armed Police Jiangxi Shangrao branch lay sand and gravel to reinforce a dike in Zhangyang village in Yugan county, Jiangxi province on July 13, 2020. [Photo by Chi Xiaoqiang/for chinadaily.com.cn]

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