Report of the National Flood Relief Commission, 1931-1932

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CHAPTER VIII
Conclusion

From the beginning, in August 1931, to the middle of June 1932 the Commission was engaged in a strenuous race against time; to become organized in time for its actual work, to introduce sanitation and medical care before the death rate constituted a serious menace, to move wheat and flour into position for distribution before people actually began to starve, to replace the dykes before the spring rise in the river repeated the preceding year's disaster, to strengthen the dykes before the summer torrents should breach them. About the middle of June 1932 it was evident that this race had been won in all divisions. The Commission could then pause and take stock of its position.

Race Against Time Won

As has been observed in the foregoing pages, it was the policy of the Commission to close emergency relief by the end of March 1932. However, owing to the intensity of famine conditions, especially in Honan, North Anhwei, and North Kiangsu, operations were continued until the spring harvest was reaped. By that time the field workers were returning to their homes. Funds for farm rehabilitation had already been allocated in accordance with the Commission's programme. In labour relief the bulk of the dyke work was drawing towards its close, except in the 9th District on the Han River, where schemes had been in suspense because of the Reds. While it is true that work was still in progress in the Hwai River Valley and North Kiangsu, it was nevertheless deemed practicable to adopt a policy of winding up in stages, in accordance with local conditions. It was

Review of Situation

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Report of the National Flood Relief Commission, 1931-1932
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Table of Contents v
  • Foreword xi
  • Chapter I - The Flood of 1931 1
  • Chapter II - Organization and Finance 11
  • Chapter III - Wheat and Its Distribution 24
  • Chapter IV - Emergency Relief and Inspectorate 63
  • Chapter V - Farm Rehabilitation 92
  • Chapter VI - Engineering and Labour Relief 104
  • Chapter VII - Hygiene and Sanitation 146
  • Chapter VIII - Conclusion 184
  • Appendices 197
  • Index 307
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