onsdag 19. august 2020

Flood waters reach the toes of China's famous giant Buddha statue

Floods in southern China have caused water from the Yangtze River to reach the toes of a famous gigantic statue of the Buddha -- reportedly for the first time in decades. Flooding has engulfed much of the region this year, and the latest round forced local officials to raise the risk level and evacuate residents around the river's upper reaches. It also caused water to touch the toes of Leshan's Giant Buddha, which state-run media outlet Xinhua reported has not happened in at least seven decades.

The 233-foot-high sitting Buddha was carved out of a hillside on Mount Emei around 1,200 years ago, and forms part of a UNESCO world heritage site in China's Sichuan province. It usually sits comfortably above the waters of the Yangtze, and tourists gather at its base.