1931 Chinese Floods – The Worst Natural Disaster Ever

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The organisation and eventual menders of the flood beefs of Gaoyou were a trio of disparate good guys. The first of these three was a Chinese Buddhist hermit called Lin, he had lived in a monastery in the hills in perfect seclusion for many years. He knew it was his calling to help so he descended from his mount and sold his home and possessions to help fund the effort. He’s quoted as saying “How can I save myself if I do not help save others?” He was a good guy.

1931 China Floods - Street Photo

The second fella was an American Presbyterian missionary called Thomas Harnsberger. Thomas inspired the fix-up plan, managed the finances and distribution of 2000 tons of American wheat.

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