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The conservation Nursery of GCCC was hit and nearly destroyed by a terrible flood at 1st July


In 1st July 2017, Yanshan District of Guilin, Guangxi, China, was hit by the terrible and severe storms, said to be the worst in recent years.


The heavy rainfall process started since noon at 1st July, then increased so much at midnight (after 0: 00 2nd July). It eventually formed the worst flooding at Guilin Botanical Garden in recent years. The torrential flood fell along the slope near to the conservation nursery of GCCC, then directly hit the nursery. Because the flood was formed at midnight, the staffs of Guilin Botanical Garden and GCCC were not there in time, and the weather conditions (the very heavy rain) was extremely bad at that time, it caused irretrievable losses. Almost all of latest propagation materials (including leaf-cuttings, seedlings and hybrids) were nearly lost; those introduced New World Gesneriaceae ornamental varieties and species (including Achimenes, Sinningia, Smithiantha, Kohleria, Eucodonia, and so on) from U.S.A., Canada, Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong of China, etc., were nearly destroyed and mixed in this flood. According to not complete count, we lost nearly 190 species of different genera (Fortunately, we keep those species indoor), almost 17000 pots and plants, the direct or indirect economic loss is more than RMB 100, 000 Yuan ($14, 570) (Fig. 1).



The conservation Nursery of GCCC was hit and nearly destroyed by a terrible flood at 1st July

Fig. 1 The Conservation Nursery of GCCC after flood



The economic loss caused by the super heavy rain and terrible flood is enormous. However, it also reminds us that we need to think over the appropriate flood precautions when the conservation nursery will be rebuilt in the near future. Let us do it better and better, start again and refresh!


All following photos are from staffs of Guangxi Institute of Botany. Please advise if any infringement, it will be withdrawn and changed.



The conservation Nursery of GCCC was hit and nearly destroyed by a terrible flood at 1st July



The conservation Nursery of GCCC was hit and nearly destroyed by a terrible flood at 1st July




The conservation Nursery of GCCC was hit and nearly destroyed by a terrible flood at 1st July



The conservation Nursery of GCCC was hit and nearly destroyed by a terrible flood at 1st July



The conservation Nursery of GCCC was hit and nearly destroyed by a terrible flood at 1st July



The conservation Nursery of GCCC was hit and nearly destroyed by a terrible flood at 1st July



The conservation Nursery of GCCC was hit and nearly destroyed by a terrible flood at 1st July



The conservation Nursery of GCCC was hit and nearly destroyed by a terrible flood at 1st July