Why people risk their lives to save their homes

Deadly Floods in China

Twelve people died after torrential rains flooded a subway in the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou, as shocking images showed passengers struggling against chest-high water inside a train carriage.

As dams burst and river embankments were breached in record downpours across Henan province, President Xi Jinping described the situation as “extremely severe” with flood control measures entering a “critical stage”, state media reported Wednesday morning.

Around 200,000 city residents were evacuated, local government officials said, with soldiers leading rescue efforts in the city of over 10 million people, where days of rain have inundated the streets and subway…

Why people risk their lives to save their homes

Jack Egan’s home after the fire in December 2019

In December 2019, Jack Egan watched his home in the Australian beachside settlement of Rosedale go up in flames.

Despite orders from authorities to evacuate, he and his partner, Kath, decided to stay and defend their home from the fires. Egan had some experience with wildfires and thought the property was savable.

“It’s definitely at your own risk if you stay — and do not expect anybody to come and help you,” Egan told DW.

The decision to stay and defend the home using a firefighting pump and hose was part of Egan’s fire plan. But when his house was caught in the blaze and the heat became too much, he was forced to stop defending his home and shelter in his neighbour’s more fireproof house…

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