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News Roundup: China Floods, Tokyo Olympics, & NBA Champs

Heavy Rains Bring Serious Flooding in China

Deadly flooding has swept China’s central Henan province, following days of heavy rains. Over 100,000 people were forced to evacuate because of the floods, and at least 25 people are reported to have died.

Henan has had heavy rains since last Friday. The capital, Zhengzhou, has been hit especially hard. On Tuesday alone, Zhengzhou got nearly 10 inches (25.3 centimeters) of rain.

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Deadly flooding has swept China’s central Henan province, following days of heavy rains. The capital, Zhengzhou (above), has been hit especially hard. On Tuesday alone, Zhengzhou got nearly 10 inches (25.3 centimeters) of rain.

The flooding was so heavy that bus services were stopped. Cars floated in the streets. Many people were left stuck at work or at school. At least one subway station flooded, causing several deaths. Many subway passengers were trapped underground for hours before they were rescued.

The flooding caused several reservoirs and dams to overflow. Late Tuesday night, the government blew up a dam near the city of Luoyang to prevent more flood waters from reaching the troubled area.

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The flooding was so heavy that bus services were stopped. Cars floated in the streets (above). At least one subway station flooded. Many subway passengers were trapped underground for hours before they were rescued.

The rains are the heaviest in the area since 1955. Some weather experts say it’s the heaviest rain in 1,000 years. More rain is expected.

Tokyo Olympic Games to Start in Spite of Coronavirus

The 2020 Summer Olympic Games were delayed last year as the coronavirus  pandemic swept across the world. Even with a year’s delay, it hasn’t been easy to move ahead with the Olympics.

Many health experts have warned against holding the Olympics this year. The coronavirus still isn’t under control in Japan. Tokyo is currently under a state of emergency because of the coronavirus.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games- Monument of Olympic Rings
The 2020 Summer Olympic Games were delayed last year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Many health experts still warn against holding the Olympics, since the coronavirus isn’t under control in Japan. Above, an Olympic display in Tokyo.
(Source: Dick Thomas Johnson [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons.)

At first, organizers gave up plans to allow foreign visitors. Later, they decided not to allow fans at all.

Athletes from around the world have been arriving in Japan. They have been trying to make sure they don’t catch the coronavirus. The organizers have built a special “Olympic Village” for the athletes, who are being tested for Covid-19 every day.

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Athletes from around the world have been arriving in Japan. Above, members of the French swim team arrive. Athletes are being tested for Covid-19 every day. The organizers hoped to create a coronavirus-free “bubble” for athletes.

The organizers hoped to create a coronavirus-free “bubble” for athletes. But three cases of Covid-19 have already been found in the Olympic Village. There have been over 70 cases among non-athletes (like workers, volunteers, and reporters) who will be at the Games.

Organizers admit that the Olympics could still be canceled. But for now, the opening ceremony for the Games is planned for tomorrow.

Milwaukee Bucks Become 2020-2021 NBA Champs

The Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday 105-98, to win the 2021 NBA Finals. It’s the second time the Bucks have won the title, but it’s been 50 years since their last NBA championship.

Milwaukee lost the first two games of the series, but fought back to win the next four games in a row.

The Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday 105-98, to win the 2021 NBA Finals. It’s the first time the Bucks have won the title in 50 years. The post below is from the NBA.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo, the power forward for the Bucks, was nearly impossible to stop in Tuesday’s game. He scored a career-high 50 points, and was named the MVP (Most Valuable Player) of the Finals. “This should make every person, every kid, anybody around the world to believe in their dreams,” he said.

It was a hard loss for Phoenix, especially for 36-year-old guard Chris Paul. Paul has been playing strongly for 16 seasons, but this was his first time to make it to the NBA Finals. “This one is going to hurt for a while,” he said.

Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks before the game against the Washington Wizards on January 15, 2018 at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC.
Giannis Antetokounmpo (shown above in 2018), the power forward for the Bucks, was nearly impossible to stop in Tuesday’s game. He scored a career-high 50 points, and was named the MVP of the Finals.
(Source: Keith Allison [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons.)
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